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

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.


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 will gather 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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Documentary Screening and Discussion: "Condemned to Remember"

Friday, October 12, 2018, 12:00 PM

Students at the Kennedy Institute will join 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. Hosted in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Resolution at Maynooth University in Ireland.

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Free with Advance Registration​

Kid Convention 2018

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

At the Kennedy Institute, kids vote, too! Join us for a day of election-themed family programs and activities for young people ages 5 and up.

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

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Each fall, Mass Humanities brings a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and public officials together for a series of public conversations examining fundamental aspects of our democratic culture. This forum will feature historians, scientists, policy makers, and activists exploring how our democracy best handles the increasing skepticism of many towards “scientific facts."

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Seat at the Table Project

"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." – Shirley Chisholm

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