The John F. Kennedy Jr. 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 has sponsored television and radio programs, film screenings, and theatrical productions.

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  • IOP Fall Open House September 9, 2015 - 6:00pm Maggie Williams

    Learn More About IOP Programs & How to Get Involved!

    The National Campaign for Political & Civic Engagement *Special Events and Conferences * Student Internships *
    Community Service Opportunities * JFK Jr. Forum *Student Policy Groups * Harvard Public Opinion Project * Fellows’ Study Groups

    Meet the Fall 2015 Resident Fellows!

  • A Discussion With:
    R. Nicholas Burns
    Director, Future of Diplomacy Project
    Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, HKS
    Matthew Bunn
    Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator,
    Project on Managing the Atom
    David Sanger
    National Security Correspondent, New York Times
    Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs;
    Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    William H. Tobey
    Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    Meghan O'Sullivan (moderator)
    Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, HKS

  • A panel discussion with:
    Sam Harris
    Neuroscientist, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Project Reason,
    Author, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, among others
    Maajid Nawaz
    Author, Radical
    Founding Chairman, Quilliam
    Juliette Kayyem (moderator)
    Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security

    ***Harvard ID is required to attend this event***


  • A panel discussion with:
    Paras Bhayani
    Boston-based Management Consultant
    Harvard College ’09, Harvard Business School ‘15
    Susan Hockfield
    Marie Curie Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School (2012–2013)
    President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004-2012)
    David Petraeus
    Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Ret. Four-Star Army General
    Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2011- 2012)
    Graham Allison (moderator)
    Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
    Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, HKS


  • Journalism Is Not A Crime September 16, 2015 - 6:00pm Maziar Bahari

    A discussion with
    Maziar Bahari
    Journalist, Film Maker and Human Rights Activist
    whose imprisonment in Iran was depicted in the Jon Stewart-directed film Rosewater.


  • A discussion with
    Noam Chomsky
    Institute Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Political Theorist and Activist
    Brandon Terry (moderator)
    Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University

    ***Harvard ID is required to attend this event***