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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Upcoming Forums

Foreign Correspondent
Nicholas Burns

A Conversation with David Greenway

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

Boston Globe reporter H.D.S. Greenway discusses his recent memoir, Foreign Correspondent, with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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. WBUR Senior Correspondent and Host Deborah Becker, moderates.

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 Eagan, columnist for The Boston Globe's Catholicism-news website, Crux, moderates.