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  • March 21, 2014 - May 18, 2014

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.

JFK and Japan
March 21, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

In the last months of his presidency, John F. Kennedy was planning a trip for 1964 to be the first American president to visit Japan. Sadly, that was not to be. Hear the full story, including the historic trip Robert and Ethel Kennedy made in preparation for JFK's planned tour, from Dartmouth College historian, Jennifer Lind, and others.

Bipartisanship and American Unity
March 26, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join a special conversation on the state of our national politics with former members of congress and presidential advisors including, among others, Olympia Snowe and Vicki Kennedy. This forum is presented in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and USA

Today.Spying: From Eisenhower to Obama
March 31, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Andrew Bacevich, author and professor at Boston University; Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers: John Dulles, Allen Dulles and their Secret World War; and Evan Thomas, author and professor of Journalism at Princeton University, discuss American intelligence gathering and international surveillance policies over the last half century through the current NSA crisis. Boston Globe national security reporter Bryan Bender moderates.

PEN Hemingway Award
April 6, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son, introduces the PEN Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks (March, People of the Book, Caleb's Crossing) is the keynote speaker. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
April 7, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Todd Purdum, author of An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and John Stewart, chief aide to Hubert Humphrey, discuss the legacy of the Civil Rights Act. WGBH radio host Callie Crossley moderates.

A Concert of Hope and Peace

April 13, 2004 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

WBZ News Anchor Lisa Hughes will introduce the Hawthorne String Quartet, who will perform pieces from Mozart and Previn, among others, and author Richard Hoffman will read a selection of poems. This concert of hope and peace, marking the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

A Conversation with Billy Collins
May 13, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins discusses poetry with writer and former New Yorker editor, Daniel Menaker.

A Conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Friday, May 16, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Senator Elizabeth Warren discusses her new memoir, A Fighting Chance, with journalist and political commentator E.J. Dionne. Signed copies of her book will be on sale in our Museum Store. 


Victura: The Kennedy Sailboat

Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

James W. Graham discusses his book, Victura: The Kennedys, A Sailboat, and the Sea, with Bob Oakes, host of WBUR's Morning Edition. Weather permitting, audience Q&A will take place outside next to the Victura, which is on display at the Kennedy Library from May through November.


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