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

Tuesday March 24 - 6:00pm

This event in the JFK Jr. Forum has been postponed.

Join Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and Chairman of the Defense Innovation Board; Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT; and Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, for a conversation on great power competition between the U.S. and China in technology and artificial intelligence.

Thursday March 12 - 6:00pm

This event in the JFK Jr. Forum has been postponed.

Join us in the JFK Jr. Forum for the 2020 Goldsmith Awards Ceremony. Kathleen Carroll, winner of the 2020 Goldsmith Career Award and former AP Executive Editor, will give a keynote speech. Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy Director Nancy Gibbs will moderate the ceremony and present the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.