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

Friday January 26 - 4:00pm

A public address by
His Excellency
Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson
President of Iceland

John P. Holdren (Moderator)
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, HKS
Co-Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, HKS
Faculty Co-Lead, HKS Arctic Initiative
Chair, White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee, 2015-2017

Enter the lottery HERE before Monday, January 22 at midnight.
Selected participants will be notified via email on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Selected participants must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on January 24 & 25 between 9:00-5:00PM or
The Science Center on January 24 & 25 between 11:00AM - 2:00PM. NO EXCEPTIONS!


Tuesday January 30 - 6:00pm

Michael B. Froman
United States Trade Representative (2013-2017)
Klein Fellowship in Economic Diplomacy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Nicholas Burns
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
Faculty Director, Future of Diplomacy Project; Faculty Chair, Middle East Initiative, HKS
Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University
Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Thursday February 1 - 6:00pm

Introductory Remarks by
Drew Gilpin Faust
President of Harvard University

A public address by
Dick Durbin
United States Senator, Illinois
Bill Delahunt (Moderator)
Acting Director, Institute of Politics
Former United States Representative, Massachusetts




Friday February 2 - 5:00pm

A conversation with IOP Spring 2018 Resident Fellows
Adam Conner
Former Government and Public Sector Lead, Slack Technologies
Ed Gillespie
Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate (2017)
Chairman, Republican National Committee (2003-2005)
Fred P. Hochberg
Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (2009-2017)
Betsy Hodges
Mayor of Minneapolis (2014 – 2018)
Scott Jennings
Founding Partner, RunSwitch Public Relations
Political Commentator, CNN
Symone D. Sanders
Strategist, Priorities USA
National Press Secretary, Bernie Sanders 2016
Dan Balz (moderator)
Chief Correspondent, The Washington Post
Fall 2017 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics