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The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics is Harvard's premier arena for political speech, discussion and debate.

The forum regularly hosts heads of state, leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media. A living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Institute's mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policy makers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to consider careers in politics.

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headshot of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, winner of the 2020 Gleitsman International Activist Award
Tuesday December 1 - 5:00pm

On Tuesday, December 1st at 5:00pm EST, join the Institute of Politics and the Center for Public Leadership for the 2020 Gleitsman International Activist Award featuring the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. The conversation will be moderated by Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

RSVP here to join the JFK Jr. Forum conversation.