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

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

A conversation with
Dick Durbin
United States Senator, Illinois