Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Public Programs

Past Programs

 

Free​Drop-in​No Registration Required​

Free Fun Friday 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In 2019, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute participated in offering a “Free Fun Friday” through support from the Highland Street Foundation. The Institute offered free admission all day on July 26.

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1919-2019: de Valera in Boston & 100 Years of Ireland-U.S. Relations

Monday, July 1, 2019, 6:00 PM

The Irish Consulate of Boston and the Kennedy Institute hosted a special program to commemorate 100 years of Ireland-U.S. Relations, and welcomed expert commentators to reflect on the significance of Eamon de Valera’s visit to Boston in 1919, and the evolution of relations between Ireland and the U.S.

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Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth

Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:30 PM

State and local leaders gathered to discuss the challenges posed by the current state education funding formula and proposals for reform that meet the needs of students and families throughout Massachusetts.

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Free with Advance Registration​2020 Election​

Getting to the Point with Congressman Seth Moulton

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:00 PM

Congressman Seth Moulton participated in a moderated conversation to share his vision for a new generation of leadership as a candidate for President of the United States. Kimberly Atkins, Senior News Correspondent for WBUR, moderated this conversation.

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Ticketed​Institute Partner​

2019 Amplify Conference

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12:30 - 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Amplify Latinx will convene a broad set of Latinx leaders, Latinx-led community organizations, and power-building groups across Massachusetts to build new relationships, strengthen existing partnerships, and develop the Latinx Power Coalition for the Commonwealth.

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Free with Advance Registration​2020 Election​

Getting to the Point with Governor Bill Weld

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 PM

Governor Weld discussed his vision for a better America and the policy platform for his candidacy for President of the United States. Alison King, Political Reporter for NBC Boston, moderated the conversation.

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Martin Richard Foundation Day of Service

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:00 PM

The Kennedy Institute served as the service village for the Martin Richard Foundation’s Spring Service Day in May 2019. This event provided an opportunity for families to participate together in a day of service around the theme “creating a better world for young people.”

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Humanities Workshop Panel Discussion on Economic Inequality & Exhibition Launch

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1:00 PM

The Institute hosted a panel discussion and exhibition on income inequality organized by the Humanities Workshop, a consortium of secondary schools in the Greater Boston area that explores pressing issues affecting our community through a humanist lens. The panel took place on May 19, 2019, and the exhibition ran from through May 29.

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Free with Advance Registration​Book signing​

Getting to the Point with the authors of "The Hill to Die On"

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:30 PM

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, coauthors of Politico Playbook, joined C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully to discuss “The Hill to Die On,” their inside account of President Trump’s first two years in the White House as viewed from Capitol Hill.

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Free with Advance Registration​Morning Program​

Getting to the Point with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

The Kennedy Institute welcomed Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of U.S. and Irish affairs led by Anne Mostue, Anchor and Reporter for Bloomberg Radio and Baystate Business Hour. Ambassador Mulhall discussed Brexit, trade, tourism, education, immigration, Irish literature and the close cultural ties between Ireland and the United States.

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Getting to the Point: The Path to Affordable Housing in Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

State and local leaders discussed the housing challenges facing Massachusetts, sharing how government and other stakeholders are working to address the need for affordable housing in the Commonwealth.

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Ticketed​ArtWeek​

A Seat at the Table Gallery Talk & Workshop

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

The Institute held a special gallery talk on the exhibit “A Seat at the Table” which highlighted the stories of national figures and community members who have brought new perspectives to the table where decisions are made. The gallery talk was followed by a hands-on workshop during which participants had the opportunity to think about how they want to be represented in places of power and create their own “seat at the table” to contribute to the exhibit.

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Free with Advance Registration​Kids + Families​

Count Me In, a special day just for kids

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Columbia Point

At Count Me In 2019, young people created civic art projects, shared their ideas for a more vibrant and inclusive world, and worked together to come up with a design for a playground that is welcoming to all.

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Free with Advance Registration​Wait List​

Women in Leadership: Massachusetts Trailblazers

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM

On March 19, the Institute hosted its third Women in Leadership program, “Massachusetts Trailblazers”, featuring five women serving the Commonwealth who are creating change in their communities and are inspiring examples of civic leadership.

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Free​Group Registration​Advance Registration Required​

Girls Govern Workshop

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

This special after-school speechwriting program equipped middle and high school girls with civic skills to research and debate an issue and deliver a persuasive speech to promote their position.

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Institute Partner​

We the People: Massachusetts Middle School Showcase

Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosted the 2019 We the People Massachusetts Middle School Showcase, the culmination of a nationally acclaimed curriculum-based civic education program that helps students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of constitutional government.

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Presidents Day 2019 at the Institute

Monday, February 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over Presidents Day Weekend 2019, the Institute invited families to enjoy exhibits, activities, and programs, including the popular Future Senator program which introduces 5 through 11 year-old visitors to the legislative process.

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Free​Ticketed​Film Screening​

The Peacemaker: Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Institute, in partnership with the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston, jointly hosted a screening of “The Peacemaker.”

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We the People High School Competition

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:00 AM

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosted the 2019 We the People competition for high schoolers, the culmination of a nationally acclaimed curriculum-based civic education program that helps students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of constitutional government.

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Seat at the Table Project


Inspired by Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s famous words and life story, the Kennedy Institute launched the Seat at the Table Project in Fall 2018. The Institute invites individuals, schools, and community organizations to think about why diversity of representation is vital and what necessary contributions we each bring to the table when we pull up a chair.

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Free​Ticketed​

Across the Aisle: Finding Common Ground in Congress

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:00 PM

A bipartisan panel of Members of Congress gathered at the Kennedy Institute to discuss the state of affairs in Washington, opportunities for common ground in the 116th Congress, the political challenges they face, and how to foster a vibrant civic dialogue. This program was hosted in partnership with the United States Association of Former Members of Congress.

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Getting to the Point with Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:30 PM

Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley participated in a moderated discussion at the Institute where she previewed the issues she will be fighting for in the 116th Congress, shared insights from her longstanding commitment to community-based policy reform, and reflected on her most recent history-making campaign.

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Free​Ticketed​Book signing​

Getting to the Point with John Kerry

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:30 PM

68th U.S. Secretary of State, United States Senator and author John Kerry participated in a wide-ranging moderated conversation at the Institute.

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Boston Children's Chorus Concert: Choregie

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosted the “Choregie” concert of the Boston Children’s Chorus on Veterans Day 2018.

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Ticketed​Institute Partner​

City Awake's Our Convention 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018, 1:00 - 8:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

The Kennedy Institute served as host to City Awake’s Our Convention for the Next Generation in November 2018. Our Convention is the largest convening of next generation leaders in the region. In the 4th year of Our Convention, City Awake attracted 600 emerging leaders to discuss the important issues focused on the region.

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Free with Advance Registration​Institute Partner​

Science, Democracy, and Climate Change: Finding the Tools to Save Our Biosphere

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

In October 2018, the Kennedy Institute served as host and presenting partner to Mass Humanities annual fall forum. The yearly gathering brings together a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. The October 2018 forum featured a discussion about climate change and what role the humanities might play in addressing it.

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Activating the Massachusetts Electorate

Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 PM

The Institute and WBUR gathered local political organizers, data experts and advocacy organizations for a conversation about how we can activate and expand the Massachusetts electorate.

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Kid Convention 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Children and families joined the Institute for a day of election-themed programs and activities for young people ages 5 and up.

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Documentary Screening and Discussion: "Condemned to Remember"

Friday, October 12, 2018, 12:00 PM

Students at the Kennedy Institute joined a special screening and discussion of “Condemned to Remember,” a documentary that features a Holocaust survivor’s personal experience and reflections on unsettling parallels between the past and current events. This program was hosted in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland.

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What’s at Stake for Women’s Health Care

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:30 PM

As the Senate considers a lifetime appointment for a new Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Institute and WBUR gathered leaders and policymakers to discuss the state of reproductive rights and what’s at stake for women’s health care access in the Commonwealth and across the nation.

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Included with admission​

Constitution Weekend 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Kennedy Institute honors the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Weekend 2018.

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Free​Drop-in​

Free Fun Friday 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In 2018, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute participated in offering a “Free Fun Friday” through support from the Highland Street Foundation. The Institute offered free admission all day on July 13.

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Free​Ticketed​

Getting to the Point with Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:30 AM

Congressman Kennedy participated in a wide-ranging conversation on issues facing our communities.

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Free​Ticketed​Wait List​

Getting to the Point with Eric H. Holder Jr.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:30 PM

Eric H. Holder Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, discussed the impact of gerrymandering on the American political system.

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Getting to the Point with Pod Save America

Friday, May 25, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor – hosts of the political podcast Pod Save America – led a forum on activism, advocacy, and the impact of diverse voices on political life.

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Free​Ticketed​Book signing​

Can We Save Our Democracy?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30 PM

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, authors of “How Democracies Die”, discussed how their research studying the demise of other liberal democracies around the world offers lessons for America’s current political climate.

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Boston #StandsWithImmigrants: The Stories Behind the Faces

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Individuals who are featured in the Boston #StandsWithImmigrants project shared their personal immigration stories in a moderated conversation that included audience Q&A.

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Free​Wait List​Advance registration required​

Women in Leadership Conference

Monday, April 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The 2018 Women in Leadership Conference welcomed women leaders in government and public policy for an inspirational day to discuss the importance of women’s leadership.

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Free​Kid-Friendly​

Spring Family Day: Celebrating our Diverse Stories

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Institute welcomed families for a themed day of activities about America’s diversity, what it means for the United States to be welcoming of all backgrounds, and the role of immigration in our past, present, and future on Saturday, April 21.

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The Good Friday Agreement: 20 years of Peace and Progress in Northern Ireland

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 PM

This program marked the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which continues to be the cornerstone of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland, featuring a keynote address by Senator George Mitchell.

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Free​Reception included​

The First Amendment and Hate Speech

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen engaged in a wide-ranging conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. A moderated panel discussion on First Amendment and hate speech followed.

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Ticketed​Book signing​

Getting to the Point with Pete Souza

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Pete Souza, Former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, visited the Institute to share the stories behind the milestones depicted in his book, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait”. A book signing followed the program.

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Ticketed​Book signing​

A conversation with author Maurice Fitzpatrick on "John Hume in America: From Derry to D.C."

Monday, March 12, 2018, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick visited the Institute for a conversation of his book, “John Hume in America: From Derry to DC”, tracing John Hume’s historic role creating a framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Members of the Kennedy and Hume family offered remarks.

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Ticketed​Family Program​

Super Powers Senate Game

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

During February school vacation week, the Institute hosted its Super Powers Senate Game for families. Players had the chance to serve as senators and debate laws in an alternate reality filled with magical objects and super-powered people.

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Full​Livestream available​

State of the Union Preview

Monday, January 29, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
Livestreamed from Washington, D.C.

On the eve of President Trump’s historic first State of the Union address, influential lawmakers and political analysts discussed the first year of the Trump presidency, the 2018 policy agenda, and opportunities and obstacles for finding common ground on Capitol Hill.

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Super Powers Senate Game

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 2:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

In this live, multi-player game, players deliberated, negotiated, and created new laws. Using interactive technology, participants grappled with issues of civil liberties, corporate interests, and national security. As a senator for a day, each player had the responsibility of deciding what is best for the future of the nation.

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Getting to the Point: A Conversation with Zhubin Parang, Head Writer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute welcomed Zhubin Parang, Head Writer at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, to discuss how the show is adapting and responding to the unprecedented political and media climate that the 2016 presidential election ignited.

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Ticketed​Book Signing​

Getting to the Point: A Conversation with the Authors of One Nation After Trump

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Two of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein, discussed President Trump’s rise to the presidency and the citizen activism it has inspired, as detailed in their new book One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

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Free​Washington, DC Program​

Across the Aisle | A Conversation on our Nation's Opioid Epidemic

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 PM
Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) came together for an Across the Aisle conversation on the national opioid epidemic.

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Free​Kid-Friendly​

Kid Convention 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Ahead of the November 2017 municipal elections for mayor, city council, and school board, children and families joined the Institute for a day of special programming to educate youngsters about the importance of local leadership and civic engagement in our democracy. Kids participated in interactive activities to learn about the legislative process, their local government, and the importance of making their voices heard.

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Free with Advance Registration​Kid-Friendly​

Involucrate 2017: An Immersive Civic Engagement Experience in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute and the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy welcomed families on Saturday, October 21, for a day of special Spanish-English bilingual programming that encouraged civic engagement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Ticketed​Book Signing​

Getting to the Point with Katy Tur

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute was honored to convene a conversation with Katy Tur, correspondent for NBC News and anchor for MSNBC, and Robin Young, Co-Host of NPR’s Here & Now. Tur shared her story covering the Trump campaign and discussed her new book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.

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Free​Ticketed​Networking​Panel Discussion​

The Next Generation of Leaders is Here

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute brought young leaders together to discuss how their generation is defining civic engagement, the value and importance of public service, and what political activism means for up-and-coming thought leaders.

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Getting to the Point with Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017, visited the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for a conversation moderated by National Public Radio’s Alison Kodjak, about the role of government in promoting our nation’s public health.

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Super Powers Senate Game

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 2:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

During this world premiere, participants became Senators for a day and debated the rights of the superpowered who draw their abilities from magical objects, biological experiments, and futuristic technology.

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Free Fun Friday

Friday, July 14, 2017, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute participated in the Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Fridays” and offered visitors no cost admission.

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Art & Activism: Civic Engagement Through Creative Expression

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute hosted a panel discussion exploring how art serves as a form of civic expression, and the power of art to invigorate civic discourse. Educators and community leaders shared how they are harnessing art and creative expression to help young people contribute to the civic life of their communities.

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Boston Pride Political Forum

Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Boston Pride partnered with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for the 2017 Boston Pride Political Forum, which focused on advocacy and activism within the LGBTQ community in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

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From Her Beacon Art Exhibit and Workshop

Friday, April 28, 2017, 1:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute welcomed kids and families to participate in a mural-painting workshop lead by James Hobin and his students from Boston International Newcomers Academy.

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The History and Future of Planning in Boston

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The history and future of planning was held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Thursday, April 27, 2017. This was the first in a series of conversations with expert panelists on the future of the City of Boston, hosted by Imagine Boston 2030. This conversation explored how city planning, urban design, architecture and public spaces influence and shape the future of the city.

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Institute

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute welcomed visitors to develop new environmental policy solutions, learn about people who made a difference in the environment, and participate in arts and crafts activities in celebration of Earth Day 2017.

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Getting to the Point with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) discussed his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy, in this Getting to the Point.

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Getting to the Point with Senator Bernie Sanders

Friday, March 31, 2017, 2:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute hosted Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for a discussion on the future of American democracy

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Celebrate MLK's Legacy at the Kennedy Institute

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute honored Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing his legacy to life with activities and programs for children and families.

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Kid Convention

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Ahead of the 2016 election the Institute asked kids to design their ideal candidates and asked them what they look for in a leader.

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The Citizens' Choice: Raising the Cap on Charter Schools

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

A Discussion on Massachusetts 2016 Ballot Question 2

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Getting to the Point: A Conversation with Vice President Joe Biden on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 3:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute was honored to host Vice President Joe Biden for a conversation on the Cancer Moonshot Initiative — a national effort to end cancer as we know it.

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Today's Vote: A Discussion on Pay Equity

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute premiered it’s Today’s Vote program on Senate Bill S.862, the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Speak Up! Art is Action–MassLEAP Youth Spoken Word Exhibition

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:00 PM
EMK Institute, Columbia Point

Speak up! Art is Action–MassLEAP Youth Spoken Word Exhibition

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100 Years of Freedom: Ireland Then and Now

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute presented this program on September 27, 2016 in honor of the Irish centenary.

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The Citizens' Choice: Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

A Discussion on Massachusetts 2016 Ballot Question 4

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The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Issue

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosted its second conversation on the opioid and heroin epidemic facing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project: Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Monday, May 16, 2016, 6:00 PM
Montpelier Room, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Given the rich content on Irish affairs within the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project, namely the peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland, the Institute hosted this program following the project’s release in September 2015.

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Youth Town Hall Survey Results

Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation convened a Youth Town Hall with millennial-aged adults ahead of the general election.

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Advice and Consent: Role of the US Senate in Considering Supreme Court Justices

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:00 AM
Kennedy Caucus Room, Washington, DC

Advice and Consent: Role of the US Senate in Considering Supreme Court Justices

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A Discussion on the Future of Infrastructure & Transportation in the Commonwealth

Monday, March 28, 2016, 6:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Thomas M. McGee, Stephanie Pollack, Frank DePaola, and Richard A. Dimino joined WGBH’s Jim Braude to discuss everything from fare hikes, to ride sharing legislation, to raising taxes for infrastructure investment.

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Women in Leadership

Monday, March 7, 2016, 9:00 AM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

In recognition of Women’s History Month in 2016, the Institute was proud to host this conference honoring Democratic and Republican women public servants at the federal, state, and local levels.

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Getting to the Point with Senator Cory Booker

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 5:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) discussed his memoir, “United” and revitalizing the American dream in this Getting to the Point program.

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Getting to the Point on New England’s Response to Refugee Crises featuring Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA)

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute was proud to present this Getting to the Point program on New England’s Response to the Refugee Crises, cosponsored by UMass Boston. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), experts Phil Nadeau, Lewiston, ME, Eva Millona, MIRA Coalition, Jessica M. Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies, and moderator Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe engaged in a conversation on this timely topic. After the speaking program, audience members participated in a “Today’s Vote” on a refugee bill that was before the U.S. Senate.

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Discussion on Democracy and Dissidents featuring Natan Sharansky

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Discussion on Democracy and Dissidents featuring Natan Sharansky

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Across the Aisle with Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott on "Crisis Point"

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute was proud to welcome Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) for the first Across the Aisle of 2016. Senators Daschle and Lott sat down for a bipartisan discussion on their book “Crisis Point,” which highlights the current state of politics in Washington and across America. The discussion was moderated by journalist Mike Barnicle.

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Getting to the Point with Pedro Martínez

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Bold, outspoken, intimate in its details, and grand in ego and ambition, this new memoir by one of baseball’s most enigmatic figures will entertain and inspire generations of fans to come.

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Getting to the Point: Progress in a Divided Government

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 4:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Two top domestic policy advisors to Senator Edward Kennedy offer an insider’s view of several remarkable years when Kennedy fought to preserve the Democratic mission against Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America and a Republican majority in both houses—a story that has special resonance now as a resurgent Republican right once again controls Congress.

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Getting To Yes: What does it take to make a deal in today’s Senate?

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9:00 AM
The Columbus Club, Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC

In partnership with POLITICO, the Institute was proud to present a program titled Getting To Yes: What does it take to make a deal in today’s Senate? with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) & Mike Lee (R-UT) moderated by POLITICO’s Editor Susan Glasser.

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Across the Aisle | A bipartisan conversation on the Opioid Epidemic

Monday, October 26, 2015, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) on bipartisan efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

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A Conversation with Historian & Author Harlow Giles Unger on his biography, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Historian Harlow Giles Unger spoke about his newly released book, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman. Henry Clay was a Kentucky lawyer, congressman, senator, secretary of state, and four-time presidential candidate, Clay was the youngest congressman ever elected Speaker of the House, and he produced historic compromises that postponed civil war for fifty years. Unger compared the Congress of Clay’s days with today’s legislative body.

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Getting to the Point with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 4:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Getting to the Point with Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Getting to the Point with Author Junot Díaz

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 5:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Author Junot Díaz joined the Institute for a Getting to the Point in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and National Arts in Education Week.

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Getting to the Point with Congressman John Lewis

Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, joined the Institute in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The program gave the history of the Act and an overview of the climate in the 1960s, including the political and legislative battles, that led to its passage. It also highlighted the current state of voting and civic engagement across the U.S.

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Across the Aisle Launch | A bipartisan conversation on Criminal Justice Reform

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 3:30 PM
Kennedy Caucus Room, Washington, DC

The Institute launched its second public programming series, Across the Aisle, partnering with the Coalition for Public Safety to discuss criminal justice reform.

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Getting to the Point Launch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Columbia Point

The Institute welcomed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the inaugural speaker in our first public program, Getting to the Point.

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