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.

How to Attend

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

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
Martin Nolan

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, with Martin Nolan, former reporter and editor for The Boston Globe.

Please note: There is a wait list for this forum. To be added, please continue on to registration page, or please call (617) 514-1643.

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.