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Forums at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library cover a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years.

Forums at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library cover a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years.


Boston, MA


Forums at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library cover a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years.






The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point Boston, MA 02125 617-614-1574


The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History with Akhil Amar and Eric Foner

Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale University, and Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University and author of The Second Founding: How Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, discuss constitutional changes and challenges throughout our nation’s history. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, moderates.


A Conversation with Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams, New York Times bestselling author, nonprofit CEO, former Georgia House Democratic Leader and 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, discusses her distinguished career and continuing work on voting rights and social issues with Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post.


Great Lives Worth Reliving with Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca, correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and frequent panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, discusses his new book, Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving, featuring remarkable lives of leaders, innovators, and artists worthy of greater attention. Rick Berke, co-founder and executive editor of STAT and former longtime reporter and editor at The New York Times, moderates.


Sweet World of White House Desserts with Roland Mesnier

Roland Mesnier, White House executive pastry chef from 1979 - 2004, discusses his distinguished career and new book, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef’s Secrets with Sheryl Julian, former food editor of The Boston Globe.


A Conversation with Ash Carter

Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense and director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, discusses his distinguished career and new book, Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon with David Martin, national security correspondent for CBS News.


Everyday Decisions and Environmental Challenges with Tatiana Schlossberg

Tatiana Schlossberg, author of Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, and Rachel Cleetus, climate and energy program policy director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discuss the environmental impact inherent in our everyday choices with David Cash, dean of the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


A Conversation with Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee discusses her distinguished career and contemporary civil rights issues. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, moderates.


Bending Toward Justice with Sen. Doug Jones

Senator Doug Jones, author of Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights, and William Baxley, former Attorney General of Alabama, discuss the decades-long efforts to prosecute the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers. Margaret Burnham, professor and founder and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, moderates.


First: Sandra Day O'Connor with Evan Thomas

Award-winning author Evan Thomas and his wife Oscie Thomas, an attorney and frequent collaborator on his books, discuss his new book First: Sandra Day O’Connor, drawn from exclusive interviews and first-time access to the archives of America’s first female Supreme Court justice. Barbara Perry, professor and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, moderates.


Brexit: What's Next

Gerard Baker, editor at large at The Wall Street Journal, Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations, and Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss current developments in the Brexit process with Elaine Papoulias, executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.


Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution

Todd S. Purdum, staff writer at The Atlantic, discusses his new book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, with Don Aucoin, chief theater critic for The Boston Globe.


A Conversation with His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos

His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia, Nobel laureate, and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses key global issues and reflects on his distinguished career with Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard's Center for International Development and former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank.


American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

Award-winning author and Rice University professor of history Douglas Brinkley discusses his new book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard professor of history Fredrik Logevall. This program is supported in part by Raytheon Company and Draper.


New Insights: Native Americans in the Colonial Period

Colin Calloway, Dartmouth professor of history and author of The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, The First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation, and Julia A. King, St.


Exploring Race Through Drama

Keith Hamilton Cobb, actor and author of American Moor, and David Howse, executive director of ArtsEmerson, examine the powerful role performance can play in catalyzing conversations on race, equality, and social challenges with Lizzy Cooper Davis, a professor at Emerson working at the intersection of arts and social justice.


Religion and Politics in America

E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, political commentator, and visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, examines the role of religion in American politics with Margery Eagan, co-host of WGBH's Boston Public Radio.


The Midterm Elections: What They Might Mean?

Panelists including Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent, Mark Preston, CNN executive director of political programming and senior political analyst, and Kate Zernike, political reporter for The New York Times interpret the results of the 2018 midterm elections. Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News, moderates.


Leadership in Turbulent Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which explores the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, with Robin Young, co-host of WBUR's Here and Now. This program is supported in part by Frank F. Islam and Debbie Driesman.


US Foreign Policy in Russia

Panelists including Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, and Nina Tumarkin, profesor of Slavic studies and history at Wellesley College, examine US foreign policy issues concerning Russia with Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.


Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow

The Kennedy Library and Discovery partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy. Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR and WBUR’s On Point, moderates. This program is presented in conjunction with the 2018 GlobeDocs Film Festival and HUBweek.