John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum

John T. Dunlop
The official portrait of John T. Dunlop hangs in the Department of Labor

The John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum honors a distinguished contributor in the field of industrial relations and labor.

In 1942, Dunlop, along with Professors Sumner Slichter and James Healy, co-founded the Harvard Trade Union Program, only the second executive program at Harvard (the first being the Neiman Fellows program in journalism). The HTUP continues to provide training to senior leaders in the labor movement in the US and around the world.

Professor Dunlop taught at Harvard from 1938 until he retired in 1983. Yet he continued teaching in the Harvard Trade Union Program until his death in 2003. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Economics Department and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Dunlop was United States Secretary of Labor during the Ford administration. He served in some capacity to every President from FDR in 1943 to President Clinton in 1994.   Dunlop's Wikipedia biography [Click here]



Dunlop Forum Events

2019 Feb 04

John T. Dunlop Forum – “Building a Moral Capitalism” featuring Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III


Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


1585 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA | 2036 Milstein East ABC

Slideshow of Event:
Joe Kennedy

Video of Event:

Joe Kenedy Dunlop forum poster

Congressman Joe Kennedy III discusses his recent call for “moral capitalism” and outline how he believes a new Congress can recalibrate our country’s economy back towards American workers.

The John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum is hosted by Harvard Law School Labor & Worklife Program and co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.


2018 Feb 05

John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum:  Tom Perez, DNC Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor “Labor Policy as the Defining Issue of Our Time”


Monday, February 5, 2018, 5:30pm


 Room 100, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

Dunlop Forum 2018 Tom Perez

Event slide show


We are proud to present this year's John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum speaker: The Honorable Tom Perez, HLS and HKS'87, DNC Chair and former U.S. Secretary of Labor. Moderated by Sharon Block, HLS.  Additional remarks by Archon Fung, HKS and David Weil, Brandeis Heller School. 


Sponsored by the Harvard Trade Union Program
Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 
Harvard Kennedy School 

Reported in "Former Labor Secretary Perez says everyone should have a seat at the table."  Harvard Law Today

Also reported at  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School  website.


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