Getting to the Point with Governor Bill Weld
Governor Bill Weld will visit the Institute for a moderated Getting to the Point conversation to discuss his vision for a better America and share his policy platform for his candidacy for president of the United States. Alison King, Political Reporter, NBC Boston, will moderate this conversation. Governor Weld’s appearance is part of a series of Kennedy Institute programming in conjunction with the 2020 election cycle.
Governor Weld is a former two-term Governor of Massachusetts, first elected in 1990. Prior to being elected, Governor Weld served in President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division and as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. He also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served for five years as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and is an associate member of the InterAction Council, an elected group of former heads of state from throughout the world, which convenes to consider and report on global issues.
New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye will join the Institute for a discussion on his new book, “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator McCarthy,” and the parallels to today’s political leadership.
Join the Kennedy Institute for a conversation on voting rights and hear from former Congressional staff who helped ensure passage of the Voting Rights Act, grassroots organizations that garnered national support for the landmark legislation, and how the United States is currently facing similar crises around disenfranchisement.
Join the Kennedy Institute for a conversation with Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold (D-Second Essex and Middlesex) and Massachusetts State Representative John Lawn (D-10th Middlesex), Chairs of the Committee on Election Laws, about the preservation and expansion of voting in the upcoming primary and general elections.