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, 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. 

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Kennedy Library Forum sponsors

Women of '69, Unboxed

Globe Docs Presents "Women of '69, Unboxed"

November 21, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Women of ’69, Unboxed follows a group of women, former college classmates, who were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent surf of the 60s. The women look back on their college years, then ahead as they turn 65, ruminate on their heartaches and triumphs, and evaluate the “dowry” they’ll leave for future generations.

Following the film, Liz Roman Gallese, Executive Producer, and Peter Barton, Director/Producer, discussed the film with moderator Janice Page of The Boston Globe.

HBO Olive Kitteridge

Boston Screening of Olive Kitteridge

October 21, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

HBO and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum presented the Boston screening of the HBO Miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Following the miniseries, Director of the Kennedy Library Tom Putnam spoke with author Elizabeth Strout.

Ken Burns

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

September 5, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join filmmaker Ken Burns, who will show excerpts from his upcoming PBS documentary on the Roosevelt family, followed by a discussion with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

George Plimpton

Advanced Screening of "Plimpton!"

May 9, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Library showed an advanced screening of PBS's American Masters documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself. The film follows the fascinating life and career of the co-founder and editor of the influential literary magazine, The Paris Review, using Plimpton's own narration and interviews from friends, family and contemporaries. Following the film, director Luke Poling joined Christopher Lydon to discuss the film.

Geoff Edgers
Darren Durlach

Globe Insider: Advance Screening of 5 Runners

April 10, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Globe Insider presented a screening of the Boston Globe documentary, 5 Runners, which was followed by a panel featuring Globe reporter and documentary producer/co-director Geoff Edgers; Emmy-winning Globe videographer and documentary co-director Darren Durlach; and runner Mary Jenkins; moderated by Boston Globe Deputy Managing Editor for Features Janice Page.

Five strangers before the 2013 Boston Marathon; five strangers who now share something linking them forever -at the precise moment when the first bomb exploded, they were taking their final steps to the finish line. Now, one year later, they plan to return to Boston to race again, where 3 people were killed and 264 injured - because they can't imagine not being there. This was presented in collaboration with BetterBoston.org.