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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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Upcoming Forums

Monday April 23 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Benjamin Crump
Attorney for families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Stephon Clark
Lezley McSpadden
Mother of Michael Brown
Jason Pollock
Documentary Filmmaker, Stranger Fruit
Jasmine Rand
Attorney for families of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin
Khalil Muhammad (Moderator)
Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
Ashley Spillane (Moderator)
Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

4:00pm: Public screening of Stranger Fruit, a documentary about the killing of Michael Brown - Rubenstein 306

Tuesday April 24 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Pedro Morenés
Ambassador of Spain to the United States
David O’Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Julianne Smith
Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Peter Wittig
Ambassador of Germany to the United States
Nicholas Burns (Moderator)
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
Faculty Chair, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship; Future of Diplomacy Project

Opening Remarks by
Douglas Elmendorf
Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday April 25 - 6:00pm

Hakeem & Myma Belo-Osagie Panel
A Conversation with
H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania (2005-2015)
H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999-2007)
H.E. Carlos Veiga
Former Prime Minister of Cape Verde (1991-2000)
Thoko Moyo (Moderator)
Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday April 26 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Greg Barker
Director, The Final Year
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
Ben Rhodes
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting (2009-2017)
Mark Gearan (Moderator)
Director, Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School

Monday April 30 - 4:00pm

The 2018 Godkin Lecture
A Conversation with
Eric Holder
Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (2009-2015)
Partner, Covington & Burling (2001-2009, 2015-present)
Archon Fung (Moderator)
Academic Dean and Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, HKS
Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, HKS

Introductory Remarks by
Douglas Elmendorf
Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

***THIS EVENT IS LOTTERIED***
Enter the lottery HERE before Tuesday, April 24 at midnight.
Selected participants will be notified via email on Wednesday, April 25.
Selected participants must pick up their tickets at one of the following locations:
The Institute of Politics, April 26 & 27 (10:00AM - 5:00PM), or April 30 (10:00AM - 1:00PM)
The Science Center, April 26 (11:00AM - 2:00PM), or April 30 (11:00AM - 1:00PM)
NO EXCEPTIONS!

Monday April 30 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Ms. Heather Kendall-Miller (Athabaskan)
Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
Hon. Oren Lyons (Onondaga)
Chief & Faithkeeper, Onondaga Indian Nation
Chairman Emeritus, Harvard’s Honoring Nations Board of Governors
Hon. Joe Williams (Ngati Pukenga, Waitaha, Tapuika)
Justice, New Zealand Court of Appeals
Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould (We Wai Kai Nation)
Minister of Justice & Attorney General, Member of Parliament, Canada
Prof. Joseph Kalt (Moderator)
Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International Political Economy, HKS
Co-Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development