Public Programs

Boston #StandsWithImmigrants: The Stories Behind the Faces

Immigrant portrait

Individuals who are featured in the Boston #StandsWithImmigrants project will share their personal immigration stories in a moderated conversation that includes audience Q&A. A short reception will precede the program.

#StandsWithImmigrants is a photography initiative that projects large-format images of Boston immigrants upon public spaces and landmarks throughout the city in order to highlight the critical role that immigrants play in our society.

Through the end of May 2018, the Institute is dedicating a digital exhibit space to showcase the project’s powerful imagery, enabling visitors and students from across the country to learn about the experiences of immigrants from throughout Boston.

Learn more about the project via Follow the #StandsWithImmigrants hashtag.


  • Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, @emkmarygrant



  • Cheryl Hamilton, International Institute of New England and Curator of Suitcase Stories

Additional Resources

  • Virtual Event - Higher Education Pathways to Immigration: Why it Matters

    Our country has the great opportunity to welcome students, scholars, and leaders from around the globe to our campuses. As the Biden Administration seeks to build on the strength of immigrant contributions to our knowledge-based economy, we know that colleges and universities serve as critically important pathways for immigration and for immigrant integration, mobility, and success. But we also know that these pathways are not as straightforward as they need to be if we are to maintain our global competitiveness, and our immigration laws and policies desperately need modernization if we are to allow all immigrants to reach their limitless potential.

  • Against the Wind - Discussion with Neal Gabler

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Senator Paul G. Kirk, and acclaimed author Neal Gabler for a dynamic conversation about Gabler’s newest book AGAINST THE WIND: Edward Kennedy and the Rise of Conservatism. The conversation will cover Gabler’s journey in writing the second volume of the magisterial biography of Senator Ted Kennedy in a book that sheds new light both on one of the most revered figures of modern politics and on the origins of America’s current existential crisis.

  • Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Board member and presidential speechwriter Cody Keenan, and The Honorable William “Mo” Cowan for a fascinating conversation about Keenan’s latest book, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America. In one of the most intense periods of Obama’s presidency including the murders of nine Black worshippers in Charleston, South Carolina and Supreme Court rulings deciding the rights of Americans to healthcare and marriage equality, Keenan takes us through the process of finding words to console, elevate, and contextualize these events, and shines light on his unique relationship with our 44th President.