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

Monday September 23 - 6:00pm

A conversation with activists Ai-jen Poo and Palak Shah, moderated by Executive Director of the Social Innovation and Change Initiative Brittany Butler to discuss the future of the labor movement in America.

Tuesday September 24 - 6:00pm

A first in the IOP’s ongoing Election 2020 series featuring embedded reporters on the campaign trail with presidential candidates. This inaugural event features CBS News’ Musadiq Bidar, Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes, and NBC News’ Marianna Sotomayor. The conversation will be moderated by IOP Senior Fellow and Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz.

Wednesday September 25 - 6:00pm

This panel brings together Professor Ruha Benjamin, Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ms. Latoya Peterson and moderator Joan Donovan for a discussion on race, technology, media, and policy to converse on a range of topics from the recent public upheavals over facial recognition technology, increasing integration into police and state surveillance tools, and the manipulation of social media to gain a political advantage.


Thursday October 10 - 8:00pm

Congressman Joe Kennedy III will reflect on his career in public service, including his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic and current tenure as representative of Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.