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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

Wednesday September 26 - 6:00pm

Lu Mai
Secretary General, China Development Research Foundation
Rohini Pande
Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Anthony Saich
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and
Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Graham Allison (Moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Thursday September 27 - 6:00pm

A Public Address by His Excellency
Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez
President of Panama

***THIS FORUM WILL BE TICKETED - LOTTERY HAS CONCLUDED***
 

 

 

Friday September 28 - 4:00pm

A Public Address by His Excellency
Lenín Moreno
President of Ecuador

***LOTTERY HAS CONCLUDED***

Monday October 1 - 6:00pm

Susan Glasser
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Founder, Politico Magazine
Former Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy
Wolfgang Ischinger
Chairman, Munich Security Conference
Germany Ambassador to the Court of St. James (2006-2008)
German Ambassador to the United States (2001-2006)
Kurt Volker  
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations
Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University
U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2008-2009)
Nicholas Burns (Moderator)
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School
U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005)

 

Wednesday October 3 - 6:00pm

Rev. William J. Barber, II
President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach
Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
Laverne Berry
Attorney and Voting Rights Advocate
Producer, Capturing the Flag
Alex Keyssar
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Brittany Packnett (Moderator)
Fall 2018 Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics
Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement, Teach For America
Co-Founder, Campaign Zero