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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Rory Kennedy
Meghna Chakrabarti

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow

October 9, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 HUBweek.

Tom Nichols, Alina Polyakova, and Alexandra Vacroux

US Foreign Policy and Russia

October 23, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Panelists including Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, and Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, examine US foreign policy issues concerning Russia with Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Leadership in Turbulent Times

November 7, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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. This program is supported in part by Frank F. Islam and Debbie Driesman.

Mara Liasson Mark Preston
Kate Zernike Nancy Cordes

The Midterm Elections: What Might They Mean?

November 9, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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.

Jon Meacham
The Soul of America book cover

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

November 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham discusses his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, which examines historical antecedents of our current climate of partisan division.

Salena Zito, Brad Todd, and John Judis

The Rise of Populism in the US and Europe

November 19, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Panelists including Salena Zito and Brad Todd, authors of The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Shaping Contemporary Domestic Politics, and John Judis, author of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics, examine the rise of populism in the US and Europe.

Nathaniel Philbrick

From Boston to Yorktown: Tales of the National Trails

December 4, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act of 1968, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown, and other panelists explore key events at historic sites featured in National Historic Trails and National Recreation Trails.

Todd Purdum
Jared Bowen

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution

December 5, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Todd S. Purdum, staff writer at The Atlantic, discusses his new book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution with Jared Bowen, host of WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen.