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

Boston Irish

Boston Irish: Old and New

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

Legendary photographer Bill Brett discusses his recently published book of photographs showcasing Boston’s Irish with Boston Globe reporter Kevin Cullen, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Mayor Walsh's Chief of Policy Joyce Linehan, CEO and President of the New England Council James Brett, Father Jack Ahern of Blessed Mother of Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester, and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

A Conversation with Marty Walsh

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

Mayor Marty Walsh reflects on his first year in office as mayor of Boston.

Frank by Barney Frank

A Conversation with Barney Frank

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

Barney Frank discusses his new memoir, Frank, and his storied career in Congress.

Ann Patchett, by Heidi Ross

PEN Hemingway Awards

April 19, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Patrick Hemingway bestows the 2015 PEN Hemingway Award for best first published work of fiction by an American author. Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto, Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, and A State of Wonder, delivers the keynote.