Public Programs

Girls govern participants on stage

In this workshop, girls will learn about a Senate bill to establish Congressional term limits. They will learn to research the issue, take a position, and practice writing persuasive speeches. The program will culminate with a chance to flex their public speaking muscles by debating with their peers in the Kennedy Institute’s full-scale replica U.S. Senate Chamber before taking a final vote on the legislation.

Free to participate. Advance group booking required. Please contact Amy Munslow, Education Manager, to register your group of future leaders at by Friday, March 8.

This program is part of the Kennedy Institute’s Women in Leadership initiative, which convenes women from political and civic life to demonstrate the importance of women’s political participation and representation and highlight the diverse pathways to civic leadership. Programming includes inspiring speakers, workshops, and community partnerships. To learn more about the Kennedy Institute’s Women in Leadership programming, please contact Claire Cooper, Director of Community Engagement, at

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  • 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award

    Join the Museum of African American History, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for the 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award Virtual Event. Now in its third year, the Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize and two $5,000 finalist prizes for exceptional adult non-fiction books written in a literary style.

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    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts for a Constitution Day forum on Massachusetts’s Ballot Question #2. The moderated discussion will cover both sides of the Ranked Choice Voting initiative as Commonwealth voters prepare to head to the polls in November.