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.
The Legacy of JFK
October 24, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
In collaboration with PBS’ American Experience and The Atlantic, contributors Robert Dallek, Timothy Naftali, Nicolas Lemann, Thomas Mallon and Andrew Young discuss the legacy of President Kennedy. Film clips will be shown from the upcoming American Experience documentary, JFK.
A Tribute to Seamus Heaney
October 26, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
On the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's dedication of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, the Kennedy Library hosts a tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet who passed away on August 30. Speakers include former poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Charles Simic, his good friend and fellow poet Rose Styron and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen. This program is a collaboration with PEN New England.
A Tribute to Anthony Lewis
October 28, 2013 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times, Boston Globe columnist James Carroll, historian Jill Ker Conway, New Yorker writer Hendrick Hertzberg, veteran broadcaster Christopher Lydon and former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall join together for a tribute to Anthony Lewis, who passed away on March 25. This program is a collaboration with PEN New England.
Celebrating the Centennial of Benjamin Britten
November 3, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Boston Symphony Orchestra presents a Community Chamber Concert to commemorate the centennial of the famous pacifist composer, Benjamin Britten, as well as recalling the music performed at the time of President Kennedy's death. A free reception follows the concert.
A Tribute to Mayor Menino
December 3, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Peter Meade, Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority; Brian McGrory, Editor of The Boston Globe; and Jack Beatty, WBUR’s On Point commentator, pay tribute to outgoing Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
December 8, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
In honor of the Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship win, Ben Bradlee Jr. discusses his new biography of Ted Williams, The Kid, with former Boston Globe sports writer Bob Ryan. Bradlee is the winner of this year's PEN New England Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing.
Rose Kennedy's Family Album
December 16, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Thomas Fitzgerald share stories of Rose and Joe Kennedy (Townsend's grandparents and Fitzgerald's aunt and uncle) to launch the new book, Rose Kennedy's Family Album, featuring the Kennedy matriarch's personal photos spanning more than 60 years, from 1878 to 1946. Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara moderates.