Public Programs

Our Nation's Founders and Today's Political Challenges

In Partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society

History panel 2019

Experts will discuss how our nation’s founders grappled with many of the same political issues that our country faces today and how we can learn by reflecting on our past. The panel will reflect on the difficulties of political polarization and approaches to health care during the time of our nation’s founding and how we can use these lessons of history to address today’s political challenges.

Moderated by Fred Thys, reporter for WBUR, the conversation will include:

Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; Host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History

Stephen Fried, Author, Rush: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania

Sara Georgini, Series Editor, Papers of John Adams, Massachusetts Historical Society

Nathaniel Sheidley, Ph.D., President and CEO, Revolutionary Spaces

The Kennedy Institute is proud to partner with the Massachusetts Historical Society on this event.

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