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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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Recent Forums

Thursday December 6 - 6:00pm

The 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award Recipient:
Malala Yousafzai
2014 Nobel Laureate
Co-founder, Malala Fund
Samantha Power (Moderator)
United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)
Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED***
The lottery has concluded.

 

Wednesday December 5 - 6:00pm

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Salil Shetty
Senior Fellow, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School
Former Secretary General,  Amnesty International

Samantha Power
United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2013-2017)
Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Mathias Risse (Moderator)
Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy