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Kennedy Library Forums are a series of public affairs programs offered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to foster public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years. They are conducted as conversations rather than lectures.
 
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Kennedy Library Forums are a series of public affairs programs offered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to foster public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political, and cultural topics reflecting the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy's White House years.
 
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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.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
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 ...…
 
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.…
 
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.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
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.…
 
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.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
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 Vacrou ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, and LaDonna Harris, founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, discussed Kennedy's new book, Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope, a collection of interviews with world leaders, activists, and ce ...…
 
James and Deborah Fallows, authors of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, and Hillary Frey, executive editor of HuffPost, discussed contemporary issues facing the heart of America with Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Wellesley professor of Asian studies and political science Katharine H.S. Moon and senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Sheila A. Smith discussed US foreign policy issues in Asia with Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations.…
 
In honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, Harvard professor of music Thomas Forrest Kelly explored the impact of the relationship between Bernstein and the Kennedy Administration, which continues to influence the artistic and cultural life of America. Due to copyright restrictions, this recording does not include the performance by the Bost ...…
 
Former longtime CBS journalist Bob Schieffer discussed his new book, Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News, with Harvard professor of history and author of These Truths: A History of the United States, Jill Lepore.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, author, and musician John Lithgow discussed his distinguished career and the importance of the arts with Robin Young, co-host of WBUR's Here and Now. This program was supported in part by the Mass Cultural Council.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, presents the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award at this ceremony to Weike Wang for her novel Chemistry. Ricardo Cortez Cruz, author of Straight Outta Comptonand Five Days of Bleeding, will be the keynote speaker. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's personal papers. This program is ...…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara discusses her new book, Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World, with award-winning journalist Larry Tye.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Susan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, Jennifer Peter, managing editor of The Boston Globe, and Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, discuss contemporary First Amendment issues. Award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for WBUR's Bostonomix Bruce Gellerman moderates.…
 
Lawrence O’Donnell, author of Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics and host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell; Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam; and Christian Appy, professor of history at UMass A ...…
 
Join reporters and community and business leaders in a discussion of the recent series,"Boston. Racism. Image. Reality." As Boston builds out, how do we make sure there's a different blueprint for our future? How does Boston become a more welcoming city to all? Award-winning journalist and pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church Liz Walker leads ...…
 
In commemoration of Presidents’ Day, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses his new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Harvard professor of history Annette Gordon-Reed moderates.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania professor of communication, and Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, discussBy Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Peter Edelman, Georgetown law professor and former advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, discussed key challenges raised in his new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, with Lisa Mullins, host of WBUR’s All Things Considered.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, discusses his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, with Martin Nolan, former reporter and editor for The Boston Globe.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Richard Aldous, professor of history at Bard College, discussed his book, Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian, a biography of Arthur Schlesinger Jr., special assistant to President Kennedy, with Timothy Naftali, NYU professor of history and public service and CNN contributor.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Misty Copeland, a Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, discussed her distinguished career with Meghna Chakrabarti, the host of WBUR's Radio Boston.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, discussed key global issues and reflected on his distinguished diplomatic career with David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN and Co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Ha ...…
 
Christopher Cassidy, Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office and NASA Spacesuit Engineer Su Curley highlight space exploration and equipment, including what it’s like to live and work on the International Space Station. This program is presented as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, discusses his new collection of speeches, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, with longtime former ABC reporter and anchor Charlie Gibson. This program is presented as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington columnist for the Boston Globe, Tom Oliphant, and former Boston Globe reporter and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi, Curtis Wilkie, discuss their new book The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign with Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of ...…
 
Award-winning author and former Boston Globe correspondent John A. Farrell will discuss his new book, Richard Nixon: The Life with Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, co-editors of JFK: A Vision for America, discuss President Kennedy's legacy with Harvard University professor Frederik Logevall.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Dr. Andrew Farah, Chief of Psychiatry, High Point Division, University of North Carolina Healthcare System, discussed his new book, Hemingway's Brain with Dr. Linda Miller.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Dr. James O'Connell, President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless,discussed key healthcare issues, as well as challenges and opportunities for consumers. WCVB's Emily Riemer modeBy Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Former US Secretary of Energy and MIT Professor of Physics Ernest J. Moniz discussed key issues related to climate, clean energy, and nuclear security with David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.…
 
Acclaimed Irish broadcaster and Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy and Ireland's current laureate for children's literature, illustrator P.J. Lynch, discussed President Kennedy's 1963 visit to Ireland with author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist Kevin Cullen.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, the Rev. Mark V. Scott, Associate Pastor at the Azusa Christian Community and member of the City of Boston's Streetworker Team, and the Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown, founder of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace), discussed the successes and challenges facing the community. Byron Barnett, report ...…
 
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith discussed her new book The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy with her son Stephen Smith. Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara moderated.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
On the eve of the inauguration, Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR’s On Point, moderated a discussion on opportunities and challenges for the Trump administration with Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe; Heather Cox Richardson, historian at Boston College and author of To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party; and Ron Suskind, Pulitze ...…
 
John Dickerson, moderator of Face the Nation, Political Director of CBS News and Slate magazine columnist, discussed his new book Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History with longtime ABC correspondent and Harvard Institute of Politics Fellow Ann Compton.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Mark Shriver, author of Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis and president of the Save the Children Action Network, and J. Bryan Hehir, Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University and Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston, discussed Pope Francis and the role of the ...…
 
Lesley M. M. Blume discussed her new book, Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, with Susan Beegel, former editor in chief of The Hemingway Review.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Award-winning journalist Larry Tye discussed his new book Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara moderated.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Join Master of Ceremonies Elvis Costello to celebrate 2016 PEN Lyric honorees John Prine and Kathleen Brennan & Tom Waits.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Barbara Perry discusses her biography of Rose Kennedy, The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch with Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara.By John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
 
Washington Post columnist and political commentator E.J. Dionne Jr. discussed his new book, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond with David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.…
 
US Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro discussed social justice issues and current initiatives to expand opportunity for all Americans. Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston and columnist for The Boston Globe, moderated.By Kennedy Library Forums.
 
Patrick Hemingway bestowed the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award to Ottessa Moshfegh for her novel Eileen. James Wood, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of How Fiction Works, delivered the keynote address. The PEN New England Awards in Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction were also presented at the ceremony.…
 
Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick discussed her new book, The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency, about the campaigns of Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972), and how their journeys illuminate today’s political landscape. WGBH radio host and television commentator Callie Cros ...…
 
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