Ken Burns, Robert Redford, and other celebrated figures of the day will be speaking at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. All forums at the J.F.K. Presidential Library & Museum are free and open to the public, but reservations for forums are strongly recommended.
A reservation guarantees a seat in the building, but not necessarily in the Main Hall. To make a reservation, click here or call (617) 514-1643.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors to the Main hall open one hour before a program begins.
One can watch or listen to Kennedy Library Forums webcasts live on-line. The Fall 2014 Kennedy Library Forums are sponsored by Bank of America, The Boston Foundation, The Lowell Institute, Raytheon, Viacom, The Boston Globe, 90.9 W.B.U.R. (Boston’s N.P.R. station), and xfinity.
“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” Forum will take place today, Friday, September 5, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ken Burns will show excerpts from his upcoming P.B.S. documentary about the family that produced two of the most important American presidents of the 20th Century, followed by a discussion with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a seven-part documentary miniseries that P.B.S. will broadcast this fall.
The Forum “A Conversation with Senator Kristen Gillibrand” will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator representing New York State, will discuss her memoir, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World, with United States Senator Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator representing Massachusetts. Both politicians are Democrats.
“A Conversation with Robert Redford” Forum will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Movie star, director, producer, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist Robert Redford will discuss “his career and lifelong commitments to the environment, civil rights and the arts” with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, according to the J.F.K. Presidential Library.
The “Reforming Immigration” Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. top 7:30 p.m. Paul Bridges, winner of the 2014 Profile in Courage Award, New York Times best-selling authoress Luanne Rice, and others will offer insights on deliberations between Congress and President Obama on immigration policy. This forum is co-sponsored with The Boston Globe.
The “Atul Gawande on Why Doctors Fail” Forum will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Physician Atul Gawande will deliver the first of the annual B.B.C. Reith Lectures entitled, "Why Do Doctors Fail?"
Following his remarks, B.B.C. hostess Sue Lawley, O.B.E., will moderate a discussion. Forum attendees are invited to a free pre-forum reception at 6:30 PM.
“The Life of Nelson Rockefeller” Forum will take place on Monday, October 7, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Richard Norton Smith will discuss his new biography, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, with Bill Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts; Larry Rockefeller, nephew of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (1908-1979); and Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times writer and author of Death of Conservatism.
“The Churchills and the Kennedys” Forum will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thomas Maier will discuss his book When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys with David Nasaw, author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.
The “Created Equal: Striving Toward Justice for All” Forum will take place on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Congressman Barney Frank and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Margaret H. Marshall will “discuss legislative and judicial efforts throughout history 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,” according to the J.F.K. Presidential Library. This forum is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.
The “Civil Rights and the Black Power Movement” Forum will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 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 “will discuss the civil rights challenges facing the nation in 1964 and beyond, which led to the rise of the Black Power movement,” according to the J.F.K. Presidential Library.
“A Conversation with Timothy Shriver” Forum will take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman of Special Olympics, will discuss his new book Fully Alive. According to the J.F.K. Presidential Library, the book concerns “people living with intellectual disabilities and the legacy of his parents, Eunice and Sargent Shriver, and their lifelong advocacy in this area,” according to the J.F.K. Presidential Library. This event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“A Conversation with President Jimmy Carter” Forum will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter will discuss his new book, A Call for Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power with Ronan Farrow, who served as Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and currently hosts M.S.N.B.C.’s Ronan Farrow Daily. This event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The “Politics and the Pope” Forum will take place on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Boston Globe writers James Carroll and Neil Swidey, authoress Mary Gordon, and Sister Simone Campbell, S.S.S., organizer of “Nuns on the Bus” will “discuss Pope Francis and what the shifts initiated by his papacy might mean for both domestic and world politics,” according to the J.F.K. Presidential Library.
 Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) was the fifth of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy’s nine children. She is often credited with founding Special Olympics, the first of which was held in Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968. However, it would be more accurate to say that through the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation she funded a proposal by Anne McGlone, a twenty-three-year-old P.E. teacher for the Chicago Park District. [In May of ’68, Ms. McGlone married Ed Burke, with whom she had five children. He has been the single most powerful member of the Chicago City Council for many years. In the 1980s and ‘90s, Anne Burke became a lawyer and a judge. She is now Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke.] The Kennedy Foundation incorporated the Special Olympics. Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. helped manage the Merchandise Mart for the Kennedys before J.F.K. was elected president in 1960. He served in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations as the founding Director of the Peace Corps, in the Johnson Administration as the founding Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and in the Johnson Administration as U.S. Ambassador to France.