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.

Free with Advance Registration​

Our Nation's Founders and Today's Political Challenges

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Experts will discuss how our nation’s founders grappled with many of the same political issues that our country faces today, including political polarization and approaches to health care, and how we can learn by reflecting on our past.

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Free with Advance Registration​

Getting to the Point with Richard Blanco

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will visit the Institute for a discussion on the themes he explores in his recent poetry collection, How to Love a Country, and how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals.

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