Public Programs

Getting to the Point Launch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

The Getting to the Point series aims to convene individuals with diverse perspectives to discuss current issues and the challenges our government is facing.




Senator McConnell Getting to the Point

The Institute was proud to welcome Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as the inaugural speaker in our first public program, Getting to the Point. The program was moderated by New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes.

In a nod to our location on Columbia Point, “Getting to the Point” will convene individuals with diverse perspectives to discuss the current issues and challenges facing our community and government. The series will take on various formats from town halls to keynote lectures and panel discussions, and will showcase speakers from Members of Congress and public officials to celebrities, business people, academics, and ordinary citizens.

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Additional Resources

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    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.

  • Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on April 4.

  • Postponed: First Saturday Drop-in Tours

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Drop-In tours on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.