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 October 15 - 6:00pm

Join us for the 2019 Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on solutions to global poverty, moderated by Professor Zoe Marks.

Tuesday October 15 - 8:00pm

Join us at the Forum for the Democratic presidential primary debate from Westerville, Ohio.

Doors Open at 7:30pm


Wednesday October 16 - 6:00pm

A conversation with Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Professor Lawrence H. Summers on the new international order.

Friday October 18 - 4:00pm

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will deliver a public address on global human rights.