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​Ticketed​

Across the Aisle: Finding Common Ground in Congress

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:00 PM

A bipartisan panel of Members of Congress will gather 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 is hosted in partnership with the United States Association of Former Members of Congress.

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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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