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

Wednesday September 20 - 4:15pm

The 2017 Malcolm H. Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy
Klaus Schwab, MPA 1967
Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Yo-Yo Ma
Board Member, World Economic Forum
David Gergen (Moderator)
Public Service Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
Faculty Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Wednesday September 20 - 6:00pm

Pete Souza
Former Chief Official White House Photographer for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama
Ann Marie Lipinski, NF '90 (Moderator)
Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University

Thursday September 21 - 6:00pm

Jason Furman
Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors (2013-2017)
Francesca Rossi
AI Ethics Global Leader, IBM Research
Wilson White
Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel, Google
Greg Ip (Moderator)
Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal

TFS is launching a global civic debate on the governance of Artificial Intelligence.


In the first phase of the debate, we are relying on 4 quick questionnaires, of which one is dedicated to “AI & the Workforce” (the other three are focused on understanding the “AI revolution”, “AI for the common good” and “Possible futures by 2045”). Your responses will be used by the Forum event moderator Greg Ip to drive the conversation so we are really counting on your participation!

Thursday October 5 - 6:00pm

A public address by
Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Followed by a conversation with
Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Enter the lottery HERE before Sunday, October 1 at midnight.
Selected participants will be notified by email Monday, October 2
Ticket Pick up Information:
Institute of Politics at HKS: 9 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, October 3 & Wednesday, October 4
Science Center: 11 AM – 2 PM on Wednesday, October 4 & Thursday, October 5
A valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket. No Exceptions.