Public Programs

Getting to the Point on Immigration and Refugees


Join the Kennedy Institute for a timely conversation on immigration and refugees from both an American and global perspective. Leading immigration experts and activists will discuss the current crisis at the U.S. Southern border and address its connection to a larger crisis of forced displacement and migration around the world. The conversation will also share the plight of refugees from around the world, especially connected to the current events in Afghanistan.

Moderated by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, the conversation will include:

  • JC Hendrickson, Senior Director for Refugee and Asylum Policy, International Rescue Committee

  • Dr. Carolina Jiménez Sandoval, President, Washington Office on Latin America

Video Resource

Additional Resources

  • Kennedy and Hume: A Journey of Peace in Northern Ireland

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, John & Pat Hume Foundation, and the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston for a conversation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between Senator Edward M. Kennedy and John Hume, and its profound impact on finding a path to peace in Northern Ireland. Featuring a panel of ambassadors and elected officials, we will also explore how the legacy of this powerful relationship still resonates today.

  • Ireland, the EU, and the U.S. – Relationship in 2021 and Beyond

    Join the Kennedy Institute and the Irish Consulate Boston for a conversation on the current state of relations between the United States and the European Union, with a focus on Ireland.

  • From Speeches to Tweets: Why Presidential Rhetoric Matters

    Join former presidential speech writers from both sides of the aisle for a discussion on the importance of word choice by the President of the United States and how presidential communications have changed over time.