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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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Students seeking information about the IOP Forum Program should contact the Student Chair Blake Barclay or IOP Forum Coordinator Cathey Park. If you're interested in attending a JFK Jr. Forum or watching online, make sure to sign up for our newsletter

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Upcoming Forums

Steve Kerr Forum
Wednesday January 29 - 6:00pm

A discussion with the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, and Professor Tommie Shelby on the intersection of sports and activism.

Note: This event is open to Harvard ID only.

Cindy McCain, Victoria Kennedy, and Kerry Healey
Friday January 31 - 4:00pm

A discussion on public service and legacy with attorney and President of the Board and Co-Founder, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Vicki Kennedy and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, Cindy McCain. The conversation will be moderated by former IOP Resident Fellow S’07 Kerry Healey, Ph.D, President of the Center for Advancing the American Dream at the Milken Institute.

State of the Union Watch Event
Tuesday February 4 - 9:00pm

Join the Institute of Politics for a live screening of the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump.

IOP Resident Fellows
Wednesday February 5 - 6:00pm

Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for a conversation with IOP's Fall 2019 Resident Fellows Tiffany Cross, Mark HarveyTara Setmayer, Lord Kim Darroch, Rohini Kosoglu, and Governor Bill Walker moderated by IOP Director Mark D. Gearan '78. They'll unpack politics, discussing their pathways to public service, bipartisanship, and the 2020 election. 

NH Debate Watch
Friday February 7 - 7:00pm

Join the Institute of Politics for a live screening of the final Democratic Debate before the New Hampshire primary. Doors will open at 6:30 PM to watch the candidates live from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.