About the Series 

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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All Forums are free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended, and may be made by clicking the "Register" link in each upcoming Forum listing below, or by calling 617-514-1643. Registration guarantees a seat in the building, but not in the main hall. Doors to the main hall open approximately one hour before the start of each program. 

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Kennedy Library Forums are webcast live and recorded whenever possible. Written transcripts of most recorded events are also available. Visit the Forum Video Archive or our YouTube channel to view past forums.


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Kennedy Library Forum sponsors

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America
Senator George Mitchell

In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America

October 10, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A screening of In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, a new documentary on the work of John Hume, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the peace building in Northern Ireland. A discussion follows with filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick and Senator George Mitchell, who served as the chairman of the peace talks. The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen moderates. Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. will introduce the program.

Ellis Rehema

Education Nation Boston: Build the Future

October 11, 2017 5:50 PM - 8:00 PM

Award-winning NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis moderates a discussion on the challenges facing younger adults after high school, and solutions to ensuring their success. From jobs and skills of the future to college access and equality, Ellis covers a wide variety of topics with guests from the education, government, non-profit, and private sectors.

Richard Aldous
Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian

Examining the Life of Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

October 26, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Richard Aldous, professor of history at Bard College, discusses 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.

James McGrath Morris, Verna Kale, Steve Paul

Ernest Hemingway and World War I

October 30, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

James McGrath Morris, author of The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War, and Steve Paul, author of Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend, discuss Ernest Hemingway’s experiences during World War I. Verna Kale, Associate Editor of the Hemingway Letters Project, moderates.

Chris Matthews

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

November 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, discusses his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

Peter Edelman

Criminalizing Poverty in America

November 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Peter Edelman, Georgetown law professor and former advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, discusses key challenges raised in his new book Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.