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. (Registration guarantees a seat in the building, but not in the main hall.) Doors to the main hall open one hour before the start of each program.

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Kennedy Library Forums are webcast live on this website and are also recorded whenever possible. Written transcripts of most recorded events are also available.

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Upcoming Forums

The Road to Character - David Brooks
David Brooks, photograph by David Burnett

A Conversation with David Brooks

May 4, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses his new book, The Road to Character.

George Mitchell

The Negotiator: A Conversation with George Mitchell

May 12, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Senator George Mitchell discusses his memoir, The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life.

MOVE - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Michael Dukakis

Reviving America’s Infrastructure

May 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Harvard Business Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses her new book, MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, with former Governors Michael Dukakis and Ed Rendell, and New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes.

Believer - David Axelrod
Mike Barnicle

David Axelrod: A Life in Politics

May 27, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

David Axelrod discusses his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics with award-winning journalist Mike Barnicle.

James Baldwin

The Legacy of James Baldwin

June 11, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Following a screening of the newly restored documentary, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, the filmmaker Karen Thorsen, Tufts professor Peniel Joseph, poet Nikky Finney and James Baldwin's niece Aisha Karefa-Smart discuss his call for equality and its relevance today.

The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
David McCullough

David McCullough on the Wright Brothers

June 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

David McCullough discusses his new book, Sky High: The Epic Story of the Wright Brothers.