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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Recent Forums

A Conversation with Yoon Suk Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea
Friday April 28 - 4:00pm

Join us for a conversation with the President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol. President Yoon will deliver a speech on the challenges to freedom and the responses to them, followed by a moderated discussion with University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus Joseph S. Nye Jr. He will then take questions from audience members.

Democracy, Race, and Gun Violence in America
Wednesday April 26 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Tennessee Representative Justin J. Pearson was expelled from office on April 6 and later reinstated for leading a gun safety protest from the chamber floor following the mass shooting at Covenant School in Nashville. Join Representative Justin Pearson and March For Our Lives Founder David Hogg '23 for an important conversation on democracy, race, and gun violence in America. Professor Archon Fung, director of the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School, will moderate.

Please click here to RSVP for an in-person seat.