The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, USA TODAY, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute and The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will hold two panels on congressional reform at JFK Library in Boston on March 26, 2014.
“I have lived a blessed time. Now with you I look forward to a new time of aspiration and high achievement for our nation and the world.” -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy Harvard University, December 2008
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ...Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy greets Nelson Mandela at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a luncheon in Mandela’s honor following his 1990 release from prison.
The Institute community is deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Edmund M. Reggie. In addition to a life of public service and devotion to his family, Judge Reggie played an important part in bringing the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to life.
Millions of Americans will be able to get healthcare coverage thanks to the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that go into effect on schedule October 1. Senator Kennedy called universal access to healthcare "the cause of my life." In this 2009 Newsweek magazine piece, he explained why it was so important to him, and so important for the country.
As the world awaits implementation of a plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, the Syrian refugee crisis continues to unfold before our eyes. In this interview, we seek bi-partisan perspectives on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and explore the role of Congress in helping refugees.
The Institute mourns the passing of award-winning American political historian, Professor James Young, who founded and chaired the country’s only Presidential Oral History Program.
As the Senate averts the "nuclear option" and forges a compromise on the consideration of executive nominations, we turn to the Office of the Senate Historian for background on the filibuster.
With the winds of bipartisanship at its back, the Senate pushes through sweeping immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.