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

JFK's Vision for America

JFK: A Vision for America

May 15, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, co-editors of JFK: A Vision for America, discuss President Kennedy's legacy with Harvard University professor Frederik Logevall.

John Farrell
Richard Nixon: The Life

Richard Nixon: The Life

May 16, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Award-winning author and former Boston Globe correspondent John A. Farrell will discuss his new book, Richard Nixon: The Life.

Tom Oliphant
Curtis Wilkie

The Road to Camelot: JFK's Five-Year Campaign

May 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington columnist for the Boston Globe, Tom Oliphant, and former Boston Globe reporter and professor of journalism  at the University of Mississippi, Curtis Wilkie, discuss their new book The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign.

David McCullough

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

May 25, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Historian David McCullough,Pulitzer Prize winning historian, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, discusses his new collection of speeches, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. This program is presented as part of the JFK Centennial Celebration.

Please note: we have opened a wait list for this Forum. 

Please call 617-514-1643 to be added to the wait list.