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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Recent Forums

Monday April 30 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Hon. Oren Lyons (Onondaga)
Chief & Faithkeeper, Onondaga Indian Nation
Chairman Emeritus, Harvard’s Honoring Nations Board of Governors
Angela R. Riley (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
HLS '98
Hon. Joe Williams (Ngati Pukenga, Waitaha, Tapuika)
Justice, New Zealand Court of Appeal
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 Developmen

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