Public Programs

Upcoming Programs

The Institute’s public programs welcome elected officials and community leaders to create a dialogue around critical issues facing our nation. The topics and formats vary from keynote lectures and panels to interactive forums and kid-friendly family programs, and are focused on exploring how citizens and elected officials can create change at the local, state, and federal levels.

You can explore highlights from our past programs here.

Ticketed​Family Program​

Super Powers Senate Game

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

In this game, players will serve as Senators in an alternate reality surrounded by magic objects and superpowered people. Players will grapple with issues of civil liberties and national security to dream up, debate, and create new laws. Fun for families, ages 12 and up.

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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 will discuss his seminal book, "John Hume in America: From Derry to D.C.". A book signing will follow.

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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, will visit the Institute to share the stories behind the milestones depicted in his book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait". A book signing will follow.

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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

The National Constitution Center will host a public forum on the First Amendment and Hate Speech.

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Free​Advance registration required​

The Good Friday Agreement: 20 years of peace and progress in Northern Ireland

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:30 PM

This program will mark 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​Ticketed​

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, will discuss the impact of gerrymandering on the American political system.

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