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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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Upcoming Forums

On His Own Terms
Richard Norton Smith

The Life of Nelson Rockefeller

October 27, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Richard Norton Smith discusses his new biography, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, with Bill Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts; Larry Rockefeller, nephew of Nelson; and Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times writer and author of Death of Conservatism.

When Lions Roar

The Churchills and the Kennedys

Margaret Marshall

Created Equal: Striving Toward Justice for All

November 9, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Congressman Barney Frank and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret H. Marshall discuss legislative and judicial efforts to create a more equitable society with Rutgers Law Professor David Dante Troutt, editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel, and journalist Todd Purdum.

This forum is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

Peniel Joseph

Civil Rights and the Black Power Movement

November 18, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tufts Professor Peniel Joseph, author of Stokely: A Life; Harvard Professor John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln; and civil rights activist Elaine Jones discuss the civil rights challenges facing the nation in 1964 and beyond, which led to the rise of the Black Power movement. Kim McLarin, a regular panelist for WGBH's Emmy Award-winning show Basic Black, moderates.

Jimmy Carter

A Conversation with President Jimmy Carter

November 20, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Jimmy Carter discusses his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, with Ronan Farrow, who served as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and currently is host of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily.

Foreign Correspondent
Nicholas Burns

Foreign Correspondent

December 7, 2014 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Boston Globe reporter H.D.S. Greenway discusses his recent memoir, Foreign Correspondent, with Harvard professor Ambassador Nicholas Burns.

This forum is co-sponsored with The Boston Globe.

Timothy Shriver

A Conversation with Timothy Shriver

December 9, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman of Special Olympics, discusses his new book, Fully Alive, about people living with intellectual disabilities and the legacy of his parents, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, and their lifelong advocacy in this area.

Pope Francis

Politics and the Pope

December 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Boston Globe writers James Carroll and Neil Swidey, author Mary Gordon, and Sister Simone Campbell, organizer of “Nuns on the Bus,” discuss Pope Francis and what the shifts initiated by his papacy might mean for both domestic and world politics. Margery Egan, columnist for The Boston Globe's Catholicism-news website, Crux, moderates.