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

Tuesday March 27 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Tina Tchen
Partner, Buckley Sandler
Leader, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund
Mona Charen
Syndicated Columnist
Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Victoria A. Budson (Moderator)
Founder & Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), Harvard Kennedy School
Chairperson, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (2011-2016)

Wednesday March 28 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Edward O. Wilson
Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology at Harvard University
Author, The Origins of Creativity, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life
Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
Terry Tempest Williams
Writer-in-residence, Harvard Divinity School
Naturalist and Environmental Writer
Author, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks
Jonathan B. Jarvis
Director, U.S. National Park Service (2009-2017) 
Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, University of California, Berkeley
Author, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water
Linda J. Bilmes (Moderator)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
Member, National Park Service Advisory Board

Friday March 30 - 4:00pm

Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict
The Inaugural James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality

Thomas Piketty
Professor at EHESS and the Paris School of Economics.
Author of the international best-seller, 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'
Douglas Elmendorf (Moderator)
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Monday April 2 - 6:00pm

A Conversation with
Steve Hahn
Professor, NYU
Author, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation
Michael Kazin
Co-Editor, Dissent
Professor, BMW Center for German and European Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Elizabeth Sanders
Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
Alex Keyssar (Moderator)
Professor of History and Social Policy, Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy, HKS