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

Tuesday February 19 - 6:00pm

A conversation with
Cornel West
Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
Robert George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University.


Friday February 22 - 4:00pm

A conversation with
Don Lemon
Anchor, CNN's Tonight with Don Lemon

Enter the lottery HERE before Monday, February 18 at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, February 19.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on February 20 and 21 between 9:30 AM-5:00 PM or at the Science Center on February 22 between 11AM -1PM.


Monday February 25 - 6:00pm

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President, Waterkeeper Alliance

Rand Wentworth
Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
President Emeritus, Land Trust Alliance


Wednesday February 27 - 6:00pm

Jason Furman
Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Mary L. Gray
Microsoft Research
School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Faculty, Indiana University
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society Fellow, Harvard University
William R. Kerr
Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff  - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration, HBS
David Eaves (Moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School