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 May 2 - 6:00pm

James R. Clapper, Jr.
Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017)
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Mike Rogers
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Chair, House Intelligence Committee (2011-2015)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives (MI-8, R) (2001-2015)

Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Panelists James R. Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017) and Mike Rogers, Chair, House Intelligence Committee (2011-2015) and Member, U.S. House of Representatives (MI-8, R) (2001-2015), addressed the forum on the US intelligence community's perspective on Russia interference in the 2016 US Presidential election. The panelists, along with moderator and Harvard Professor Graham Allison, discussed the evidence around interference, the role of Congress in future investigations, and the working relationship between The Executive Branch and US Intelligence agencies. 

Wednesday April 26 - 8:00pm

John Kasich
69th Governor of Ohio
Author, Two Paths: America Divided or United
David Gergen (Moderator)
Professor of Public Service and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

To enter the lottery, go HERE before Wednesday, April 19th at midnight.  Winners will be notified by email Thursday, April 20th via email.  Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on Friday, April 21st between 9:00 and 5:00 PM or Monday, April 24th, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM; a valid ID must be presented to pick up a ticket.  No Exceptions.

Governor of Ohio John Kasich addressed the forum on political issues from his current tenure as Governor of Ohio, as well as his past roles at the state and federal level of Ohio. Governor Kasich spoke on issues such as community policing, balancing the budget, and personal stories of faith and his path into politics. Harvard professor David Gergen moderated the forum.