Getting to the Point with Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley
Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley will participate in a moderated discussion at the Institute where she will preview the issues she will be fighting for in the 116th Congress, share insights from her longstanding commitment to community-based policy reform, and reflect on her most recent history-making campaign. This conversation will be moderated by Shirley Leung, Interim Editorial Page Editor, The Boston Globe.
In a career marked by breaking new ground and bringing a new seat to the table, Ayanna Pressley made history on November 6, 2018 when voters in Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District elected her to the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first African-American woman who will represent the Commonwealth in Congress. Since 2010, she has been serving as a Boston City Councilor At-Large, after being the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in 2009. Her political career spans more than 18 years, including working as a Senior Aide for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and Senator John Kerry.
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen Breyer will participate in a moderated conversation with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, about the vital role the Supreme Court plays in providing checks and balances on the federal government, the importance of nominations to the bench and how elections impact these decisions, and the recent rulings of the court.
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.
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.