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 December 3 - 6:00pm

With the ties that bind us fraying at alarming speed, join the Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center Danielle Allen in a conversation with  The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg and staff writer Adam Serwer for a conversation about the division in America civic life and the prospects for rebuilding a more civil, functional, and unified society.

Thursday December 5 - 6:00pm

Former PM of Australia Kevin Rudd, in conversation with Professor Graham Allison, New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Jane Perlez on the future of US China strategic competition and world order.

Friday December 6 - 4:00pm

The 2019 Gleitsman Activist Award recipient Tarana Burke, founder of ‘me too.’  will join Amb. Wendy Sherman in a conversation on the impact of her global fight for survivor justice and her decades-long campaign to heal individuals and communities affected by sexual violence.