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.

Fall 2015 Forum Series

The full Fall 2015 Forum Series will be posted online in mid-September.

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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.

View Live Webcasts / Access Recordings

Kennedy Library Forums are webcast live on this website and are also recorded whenever possible. Written transcripts of most recorded events are also available. Visit the Forum Video Archive to view past forums.


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Forums are sponsored by

Kate Clifford Larson

Rosemary Kennedy

October 14, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kate Clifford Larson discusses her biography, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, with Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara.

Ira Glass

WBUR presents Ira Glass on the Assassination Of Yitzhak Rabin

October 18, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, interviews the show's longtime producer Nancy Updike and her husband Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek. Glass will lead a discussion about why the assassination still spawns conspiracy theories, public shouting matches and fierce political divisions.

This special event is presented by WBUR. Click here for more information and to register.

Bob Schieffer

A Conversation with Bob Schieffer

October 27, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bob Schieffer, veteran broadcast journalist, long-time anchor of Face the Nation, and current Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, discusses his distinguished career with WBZ-TV News anchor Lisa Hughes.

Wil Haygood

Thurgood Marshall

October 28, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wil Haygood discusses his new book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America with civil rights leader Elaine Jones. Harvard Law Professor Kenneth Mack moderates.

Seth Moulton

A Conversation with Seth Moulton

October 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Congressman Seth Moulton and presidential advisor David Gergen discuss issues related to the turmoil in the Middle East and the importance of national service.

Evan Thomas
Being Nixon

Being Nixon

November 2, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Evan Thomas discusses his new biography, Being Nixon: A Man Divided, with Tim Naftali, historian and former Director of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Maura Healey

A Conversation with Maura Healey

November 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey discusses her first year in office and legal challenges facing the Commonwealth with Dean of Harvard Law School Martha Minow.