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.


A Seat at the Table Gallery Talk & Workshop

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

A gallery talk on the exhibit "A Seat at the Table" that highlights the stories of national figures and community members who have brought new perspectives to the table followed by a hands-on workshop during which participants can create their own "seat at the table" to contribute to the exhibit.

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Free with Advance Registration​

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

How can the state work with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to create a sustainable housing market? Leaders will share how government and other stakeholders are working to address the need for affordable housing in our state.

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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 AM

Join the Kennedy Institute for breakfast and a conversation with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, on the state of U.S. and Irish relations.

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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 will join Steve Scully, Political Editor, C-SPAN, 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​Institute Partner​

Humanities Workshop Panel Discussion on Economic Inequality & Exhibition Launch

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

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.

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Institute Partner​

Martin Richard Foundation Day of Service

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:00 - 3:30 PM

The Kennedy Institute serves as the service village for the Martin Richard Foundation's Spring Service Day. This event provides 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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