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.

Upcoming Forums

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  • A panel discussion with:
    Susan Crawford
    John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property, Harvard Law School;
    Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009)                                               
    Stephen Kaufer
    President and CEO,
    Archon Fung (moderator)
    Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School

  • IOP Open House September 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

    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 ● Fellows’ Study Groups

    Meet the fall 2014 IOP Fellows

  • A Panel Discussion with
    Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH, FACEP
    Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population,  Harvard School of Public Health
    Dyann Wirth, Ph.D.
    Richard Pearson Strong Professor and Chair, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
    Harvard School of Public Health; Co-chair of the Infectious Diseases Initiative, The Broad Institute
    Sheila Burke (moderator)
    Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy; Faculty Research Fellow, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


  • Featuring
    Masha Alekhina
    Nadya Tolokonnikova

    Enter the lottery at before September 9th  at 6 PM. Winners will be notified via email on Wednesday, September 10th. Winners must pick up their tickets at the Institute of Politics on:  Thursday, September 11th  and Friday, September 12th
    between 9:00-5:00PM.


  • Major General (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror
    Former Israeli National Security Advisor
    Thomas Donilon
    Former U.S. National Security Advisor
    Graham T. Allison (Moderator)
    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School