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The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is one of the world's premier arenas for political speech, discussion and debate. Located at the heart of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Forum regularly hosts heads of state; leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media; academics; community organizers; and artists. In addition to speeches, debates and panel discussions on pressing issues, the Forum regularly sponsors television and radio programs, film screenings and watch parties. All Forum events include lively and provocative question and answer sessions between Forum speakers and students, faculty and the public–unscripted, exciting exchanges where the Forum comes alive.

Since its founding in 1978, the Forum has hosted over a thousand successful events, seen by live audiences totaling more than 750,000—and millions more via television and the web.