Kennedy Library Forums

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A Conversation with Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winners

June 14, 2011
Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winners Ellen Goodman, Walter Robinson, Charlie Savage and Sebastian Smee reflect on how winning the award changed their careers. Former Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Oliphant moderates.

A Conversation with Judge Nancy Gertner

June 5, 2011
Judge Nancy Gertner discussed her new book, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, with Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory.

A Conversation with President Jimmy Carter

May 17, 2011
President Jimmy Carter discusses his new book, White House Diary, with PBS Newshour senior correspondent Ray Suarez.

50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion

April 17, 2011
Historians Timothy Naftali and Peter Kornbluh, and Alfredo Duran, a Cuban exile who participated in the assault, examine the steps leading to the Bay of Pigs and the lessons learned by the Kennedy administration. Adriana Bosch, writer and director of the PBS documentary Fidel Castro, moderates.

A Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick

April 14, 2011
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick discusses his new memoir, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life, with Bob Oakes, host of WBUR’s Morning Edition.

A Conversation with Senator Scott Brown

April 4, 2011
Senator Scott Brown discusses his new memoir, Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances with NECN correspondent Alison King.

A Novel Based on Hadley Hemingway

March 23, 2011
Paula McLain discusses The Paris Wife, her novel based on Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, during their marriage in Paris with Jennifer Haigh, the 2004 PEN Hemingway winner.

David Brooks on What Makes Humans Tick

March 17, 2011
New York Times columnist and best-selling author, David Brooks, talks about his new book, The Social Animal.

50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

March 3, 2011
Former Peace Corps volunteers Sarah Chayes, Chris Dodd, Elaine Jones, Joe Kennedy III and Paul Theroux share their memories of serving and how their experiences changed their lives. Stanley Meisler, author of When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years, moderates.

The Presidency of JFK: A 50-Year Retrospective – Administration

February 21, 2011
On Presidents’ Day, the Caroline Kennedy, and the Kennedy Library welcomed historians, journalists and members of the Kennedy Administration for a special 50th anniversary conference on President John F. Kennedy’s place in our nation’s history. The half-day event included three panels, comprising Kennedy Administration and Associates, Historians, and Journalists. Panel 1 – Administration members Senator Harris Wofford, Richard Donahue and Roger Wilkins. Moderator: Tom Oliphant.

The Presidency of JFK: A 50-Year Retrospective – Historians

February 21, 2011
50th anniversary conference on President John F. Kennedy’s place in our nation’s history. Panel 2 – Historians Thurston Clarke, Richard Reeves, Ellen Fitzpatrick and Sally Bedell Smith. Moderator: Ted Widmer.

 

The Presidency of JFK: A 50-Year Retrospective – Journalists

February 21, 2011
50th anniversary conference on President John F. Kennedy’s place in our nation’s history. Panel 3 – Journalists Gwen Ifill, Matt Bai and Jonathan Alter.

Lyrics as Literature: In Partnership with PEN New England

February 11, 2011
Songwriter Paul Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winner for Poetry, Paul Muldoon, talk about how the art of writing lyrics is a form of literature with writer Bill Flanagan.

Edmund Morris on Theodore Roosevelt

February 6, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris discusses the final volume of his trilogy, Colonel Roosevelt, chronicling the last ten years of Theodore Roosevelt’s life with Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe writer Mark Feeney.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

February 3, 2011
Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year in Boston, discusses his new book, Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring Out The Best In America, with David Gergen, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Presidency

January 20, 2011
Tom Brokaw kicks off our 2011 forum series celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s Presidency. Author of The Greatest Generation and BOOM!: Voices of the Sixties, Mr. Brokaw reflects on how JFK’s Presidency shaped and influenced the culture of the 1960s with broadcast journalist Jane Pauley.

A Conversation with Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter

December 13, 2010
Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter explain the importance of civic education to a democratic society with Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times reporter and a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School.

A Conversation with Charlie Gibson

December 9, 2010
Former ABC World News anchor Charlie Gibson discusses the increasing polarization of the media with Callie Crossley, host of WGBH The Callie Crossley Show.

An Afternoon with Garrison Keillor

December 5, 2010
Garrison Keillor discusses why humor is a fundamental to American life.

Voting Rights in the Kennedy Years

November 29, 2010
Judge Gordon A. Martin discusses his new book Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote, about the 1962 court case that resulted in one of the first victories for voting rights in the South. Judge Martin will be joined by John Doar, who worked for the Justice Department under Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and successfully tried the case.

Queen Noor on Nuclear Disarmament

November 21, 2010
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, a founding leader of Global Zero – a movement aimed at phasing out nuclear weapons around the world – joins Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth, and other experts to discuss nuclear disarmament. Graham Allison, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government moderates.

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