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November 17, 2015

Presidential and Senate Historians discuss progress in a divided government

A discussion of Lion of the Senate by Nick Littlefield and David Nexon

Join Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Nexon, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Michael Myers and Patricia Knight for a Getting to the Point discussion moderated by Thomas Oliphant on Lion of the Senate. The conversation will examine how Senator Kennedy found common ground with Republicans and advanced pivotal legislation in a Republican Majority, while reviewing the possibility for bipartisanship in today’s Congress.

The program will feature welcoming remarks from David Nexon, co-author of Lion of the Senate, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the book’s foreword.

WHO: Moderator: Thomas Oliphant, Journalist and Author Doris Kearns Goodwin, Historian and Author David Nexon, Former Senior Health Policy Advisor to Senator Kennedy Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Co-Founder and President of the Board of the EMK Institute Michael Myers, Former Chief Counsel and HELP Committee Staff Director to Senator Kennedy Patricia Knight, Former Chief of Staff to Senator Orrin Hatch

WHEN: Sunday, November 15th, 4PM

WHERE: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute - Columbia Point – Boston, MA

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About Getting to the Point Series The Getting to the Point series aims to convene individuals with diverse perspectives to discuss current issues and the challenges our government is facing. Getting to the point takes on various formats from town halls to keynote lectures and panel discussions, and will showcase speakers from all walks of life.

About The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. The Institute will be a dynamic center of learning and engagement that uses innovative technology to provide each visitor with an information-rich, personalized experience that will bring important historical and current debates to life. To learn more about the EMK Institute, please visit


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