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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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Julia Sweig, award-winning author and nonresident senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, discusses her new book Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight, which draws on the largely unknown and overlooked audio diaries that Mrs. Johnson kept during her years in the White House. Ellen Fitzpatrick…
 
Peter Coleman, Columbia professor of psychology and education and author of the forthcoming "The Way Out: How To Overcome Toxic Polarization"; Archon Fung, professor of citizenship and self-government at the Harvard Kennedy School; the Reverend Irene Monroe, theologian, syndicated columnist, and co-host of GBH’s "All Rev’d Up" podcast; Amanda Riple…
 
Karen Tumulty, political columnist for The Washington Post, discusses her forthcoming book, "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan," which draws on archives, letters, memoirs, White House records, and four years of interviews with people close to the Reagans to reveal new details of the multifaceted character of the First Lady. Eileen McNamara, Pulitzer Priz…
 
Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet, memoirist and teacher; Tracie Keesee, co-founder, Center for Policing Equity; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Harvard professor of history, race, and public policy; and Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, discuss current issues in police and justice reform with Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large,…
 
Theresa Cardinal Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center director of immigration and cross-border policy; Roberto Gonzales, Harvard professor of education and director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard; Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UMass Boston Chancellor; Daniel Tichenor, University of Oregon chair of social science and Program for Democratic Governance …
 
Anthea Butler, professor of religious studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; EJ Dionne, The Washington Post columnist and visiting professor at the Harvard Divinity School; Patrick Lacroix, author of John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith; Emmett Price, professor of worship, church, and culture at the Gordon-Conwell Theo…
 
Panelists including Lisa Lerer, reporter at The New York Times, and Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and CNN Political Analyst, discuss opportunities and challenges for the incoming administration, as well as reflect on the significance of the Biden-Harris victory in the 2020 elections. NBC News corres…
 
Award-winning musician and Emerson College artist-in-residence Toshi Reagon and the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, founding pastor of the New Roots AME Church and fellow with the Green Justice Coalition, discuss how the belief systems that define and maintain our societies impact the planet and influence our survival with Porsha Olayiwola, the Cit…
 
Panelists including Dan Balz, chief correspondent at The Washington Post; Jonathan Capehart, opinion columnist at The Washington Post; Maria Hinojosa, president and founder of Futuro Media and anchor and executive producer of Latino USA; and Alice Stewart, CNN commentator, NPR contributor, and Harvard Institute of Politics fellow, interpret the res…
 
In this culminating keynote session of the Kennedy Library's "Expanding Democracy" conference, Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret Marshall deepen the conversation about the judicial role in contemporary voting rights with Barbara How…
 
In commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this conference will explore the history of the suffrage movement and how efforts to broaden voting rights have evolved over time. Sessions will explore the origins and development of suffrage efforts as well as contemporary voting rights issues. Join University of Virginia professor of poli…
 
In commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, this conference will explore the history of the suffrage movement and how efforts to broaden voting rights have evolved over time. Sessions will explore the origins and development of suffrage efforts as well as contemporary voting rights issues. Join UCLA professor emeritus of history Ellen…
 
Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME and author of the new book Pelosi, and Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington bureau chief and author of the forthcoming Madam Speaker, discuss Nancy Pelosi’s career and leadership as Speaker of the House of Representatives with Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News. This was …
 
Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll; Henry Fernandez, co-founder of the African American Research Collaborative; Jill Lepore, Harvard professor of history; and Anthony Salvanto, CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys, discuss the history of and contemporary trends in political polling with longtime former ABC reporter and anchor Charl…
 
The New Yorker contributor Barry Blitt; cartoonist Pia Guerra; and Washington Post editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes explore the art of political cartooning with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. For more info, visit jfklibrary.org/forums.Kennedy Library Forums
 
Gretchen Sorin, director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York and author of Driving While Black: African-American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights; director Ric Burns and producer and editor Emir Lewis of the forthcoming PBS documentary Driving While Black based on her research, discuss how the automobile trans…
 
Robert Trogdon, Kent State University professor of English and editor of the Library of America’s forthcoming “Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises & Other Writings 1918-1926,” discusses this new edition of writings from Hemingway’s earliest years in Paris with Kennedy Library Hemingway Scholar in Residence Hilary Justice. Explore more at jfklibrar…
 
Award-winning journalist Larry Tye discusses his new book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy with Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara. For more info, visit jfklibrary.org/forums.Kennedy Libary Forums
 
Senator Sherrod Brown discusses his new book, Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, which explores the careers of senators who have also sat at Desk 88 on the Senate floor, including Hugo Black, George McGovern, and Robert F. Kennedy. Senator Jeanne Shaheen moderates. For more info, visit jfklibrary.org/forums.…
 
Fredrik Logevall, Harvard University professor of history and international relations and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, discusses his forthcoming book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 with George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic. For more info, visit jfklibrary.org/forums.…
 
Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations; Robert Mauro, director of the Boston College Irish Institute and Global Leadership Institute; and Alexandra Vacroux, executive director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, discuss US foreign policy challenges and opp…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham discusses his new book, “His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” with Michelle Miller, co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday and CBS News national correspondent. Explore more at jfklibrary.org/forums.Kennedy Library Forums
 
John Dickerson, correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes and contributing writer to The Atlantic, discusses his new book "The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency." Barbara Perry, professor and director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, moderates. For more info, visit jfklibrary.org/forums.…
 
Chris Wallace, longtime journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, discusses his new book, "Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World," exploring the days leading up to the first use of the atomic bomb in wartime. David Martin, national security correspondent for CBS News, moderates.…
 
Lucy Hornby, a fellow at the Nieman Center for Journalism and former Beijing deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times, and Yasheng Huang, MIT professor of international management, discuss US foreign policy challenges and opportunities with Anthony Saich, Harvard professor of international affairs and director of the Ash Center for Democratic Go…
 
Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College professor of law; Edward B. Foley, Ohio State University professor of constitutional law; and Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, discuss the history of and contemporary challenges to the Electoral College. Jonathan Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winnin…
 
EJ Dionne, Washington Post columnist and political commentator; Janet Hook, staff writer at The Los Angeles Times; and Ronald Brownstein, senior editor at The Atlantic, discuss implications of the novel coronavirus for the 2020 elections. Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty moderates the panel. For more info on upcoming and past John F. Kennedy…
 
Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale University, and Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University and author of "The Second Founding: How Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution," discuss constitutional changes and challenges throughout our nation’s history. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and h…
 
Award-winning author Evan Thomas and his wife Oscie Thomas, an attorney and frequent collaborator on his books, discuss his new book First: Sandra Day O’Connor, drawn from exclusive interviews and first-time access to the archives of America’s first female Supreme Court justice. Barbara Perry, professor and director of presidential studies at the U…
 
Gerard Baker, editor at large at The Wall Street Journal, Ambassador (Ret.) Nicholas Burns, Harvard professor of diplomacy and international relations, and Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss current developments in the Brexit process with Elaine Papoulias, executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg …
 
Former NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank, currently Senior Technical Fellow for Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace Systems, discussed his experience from more than two decades at NASA, including his time aboard the International Space Station.Kennedy Library Forums
 
NASA Engineer Su Curley, who works on crew survival spacesuits and hardware for the Orion Program, including the journey to Mars, discussed current spacesuit technology and showed visitors how suits are used for spacewalking. You can watch a video of this event on the JFK Library website.Kennedy Library Forums
 
Dr. Lonnie Johnson, founder of Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc, and holder of over 100 patents, discussed his career in invention – from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to inventing the Super Soaker®, the most popular water toy in history. You can watch a video of this event via the JFK Library's website.…
 
Alan Price, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum welcomed guests to JFK Space Fest 2019 and introduced a video greeting from NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Following this welcome and greeting, Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz, founder and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Compa…
 
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module pilot Michael Collins, former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, former director of the Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman discuss NASA’s past, present, and future with National Air and Space Museum director Ellen Sto…
 
His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia, Nobel laureate, and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses key global issues and reflects on his distinguished career with Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard's Center for International Development and former Chief Economist of t…
 
Award-winning author and Rice University professor of history Douglas Brinkley discusses his new book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard professor of history Fredrik Logevall. This program is supported in part by Raytheon Company and Draper.…
 
Stuart E. Eizenstat, former chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter and Ambassador to the European Union, discusses his new book, President Carter: The White House Years, with Meredith Evans, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. You can watch this forum by visiting the event's webpage on the John…
 
Keith Hamilton Cobb, actor and author of American Moor, and David Howse, executive director of ArtsEmerson, examine the powerful role performance can play in catalyzing conversations on race, equality, and social challenges with Lizzy Cooper Davis, a professor at Emerson working at the intersection of arts and social justice.…
 
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.…
 
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