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Edward M. Kennedy Institute to host conversation on historic comparisons to contemporary political issues on Thursday, January 30

Academic and historical experts to provide insight on topics from early American history that reflect the country’s current challenges

BOSTON – On Thursday, January 30, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society will welcome history experts to discuss how the nation’s founders grappled with many of the same political issues that our country faces today. The panel will reflect on the difficulties of political polarization and approaches to health care during the time of our nation’s founding and how we can use these lessons of history to address modern political challenges.

• Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; Host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History
• Stephen Fried, Author, Rush: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania
• Sara Georgini, Series Editor, Papers of John Adams, Massachusetts Historical Society
• Nathaniel Sheidley, Ph.D., President and CEO, Revolutionary Spaces
• Fred Thys, reporter for WBUR, to serve as moderator for this conversation.

Our Nation’s Founders and Today’s Political Challenges

Thursday, January 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Columbia Point
210 Morrissey Boulevard on the UMass Boston campus
Boston, MA

The program’s livestream can be accessed here.
This event is OPEN PRESS. RSVP to

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