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

The Great War

American Experience: The Great War

March 28, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Kennedy Library and WGBH partner for an exclusive preview and discussion of the new American Experience series, The Great War. Executive Producer Mark Samels; Series Producer Amanda Pollak; MIT Associate Professor of History Chris Capozzola; and Brandeis University Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies Chad Williams discuss the legacy of America's entry into World War I. WGBH's Phillip Martin moderates.

Patrick Hemingway

PEN Hemingway Awards

April 2, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son, will present the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. Novelist and biographer Roxana Robinson, President of the Authors Guild, will deliver the keynote address.The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway's works. The PEN New England Awards in Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction will also be presented at the ceremony. This program is presented in partnership with PEN New England.

Ernest Moniz

A Conversation with Ernest Moniz

April 13, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Former US Secretary of Energy and MIT Professor of Physics Ernest J. Moniz discusses key issues related to climate, clean energy, and nuclear security.

Mary Lou Sudders
Jim O'Connell

A Conversation on Healthcare

April 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Dr. James O'Connell, President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, discuss key healthcare issues, as well as challenges and opportunities for consumers.