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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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Upcoming Forums

Nuclear Energy: Climate and the Bomb
Monday March 2 - 6:00pm

Join Professor Ernest Moniz, former Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Professor Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School for a discussion on whether it is possible to expand the use of carbon-free nuclear power to combat global warming without unleashing the terrors of nuclear weapons proliferation.

Tuesday March 3 - 7:00pm

Join the Institute of Politics to watch the coverage of Super Tuesday and wait for results from primaries in 14 states and 1 U.S. territory, awarding more than a third of all delegates for the Democratic National Convention on this day.

How to Stop America From Being Rigged Against Workers
Wednesday March 4 - 6:00pm

A discussion on the past, present, and future of America's labor unions and workers with author and journalist Steven Greenhouse, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Sara Nelson, and moderator Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe.

Super Tuesday - What Just Happened?
Thursday March 5 - 6:00pm

Join the Institute of Politics for reflections on Super Tuesday results and where the 2020 campaign goes from here with Mike Allen Co-Founder, Axios, Tiffany Cross, IOP Spring 2020 Resident Fellow, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC, Galen Druke, Podcast Producer and Reporter, FiveThirtyEight moderated by Margaret Talev, Politics and White House Editor, Axios, IOP Fall 2018 Resident Fellow.