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 October 22 - 6:00pm

Ban Ki Moon
Secretary-General, United Nations (2007-2016)
Fisher Family Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
MPP ‘85
Susan Thornton
Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2017-2018)
Nicholas Burns (Moderator)
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations and Faculty Chair, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School


Tuesday October 23 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Loretta Sanchez
Advanced Leadership Fellow, 2018
United States House of Representatives (1997-2017)
Beatriz Merino
Advanced Leadership Fellow, 2018
Prime Minister of Peru (June 2003-December 2003)
Fernando M. Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Wednesday October 24 - 6:00pm

Annual Robert Glauber Lecture by
Sir Paul Tucker
Chair of the Systemic Risk Council
Author, Unelected Power
Research Fellow, M-RCBG, Harvard Kennedy School
Robert Glauber (Moderator)
Adjunct Lecturer Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASD (2001-2006)


Friday October 26 - 4:00pm

Taegan Goddard
Publisher, Political Wire
Clare Malone
Senior Political Writer, FiveThirtyEight; Panelist, FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast
Asha Rangappa
CNN Legal and National Security Analyst
Former FBI Agent
Senior Lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
Rick Wilson
Republican Political Strategist; #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, “Everything Trump Touches Dies”
Chris Riback (Moderator)
Host, Chris Riback's Conversations


Monday October 29 - 8:00pm

Kyrie Irving
Professional Athlete and Activist
Point Guard, Boston Celtics

Enter the lottery HERE before Tuesday, October 23 at midnight. Winners will be notified via email on Wednesday, October 24.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on October 25 and 26 between 9:30 AM-5:00 PM or at the Science Center on October 29 between 11AM -2PM.