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

Tuesday November 28 - 6:00pm

Mayor Peter Buttigieg, South Bend, IN
Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, MO
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, LA
Jorrit de Jong (Moderator)
Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Monday November 27 - 6:45pm

Kerry Kennedy          
President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Human Rights Activist and Writer
Chris Matthews
Host, Hardball with Chris Matthews
Author, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Mike Barnicle (Moderator)
Print and broadcast journalist
Social and political commentator