The Rotunda as seen from the east colonnade

JFK Centennial: A Day in the Life of an American Historic Figure

Date & Time

May 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Meet at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts


One-Day UVA Presents A Day-Long, In-Depth Look at John F. Kennedy’s Family, Presidency and Legacy in Observance of His 100th Birthday!

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear from world-renowned University of Virginia scholar, Professor Barbara Perry of UVA’s Miller Center. Ms. Perry specializes in the study of presidential scholarship, public policy and political history. She will lead a special program in Boston, MA, observing JFK’s 100th birthday.

This exciting day includes lectures by a notable presidential scholar, intimate discussions with special guests Victoria Kennedy and Paul Kirk, a tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a tour of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, continental breakfast during registration, afternoon coffee break and a New England lunch.


Barbara Perry

Barbara A. Perry is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Ethics and Institutions at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she is Director of Presidential Studies and Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program.  She is also the Project Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project.

Previously, Professor Perry was the Carter Glass Professor of Government and founding director of the Center for Civic Renewal at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.  In 1994-95 she served as the Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding fellow that year.  In addition to providing research for Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s speeches, she briefed more than 3,000 visitors to the Court, from 70 different countries.  Professor Perry was the Senior Fellow for Civics Education at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center in 2006-07, where she is currently a Non-Resident Fellow.  From 1996 through 2008 she taught in the Supreme Court Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law.  In 2012 she received the Virginia Social Science Association’s Scholar Award in Political Science.  The Sons of the American Revolution, Virginia Society, awarded her their 2013 Silver Good Citizenship Medal for “her outstanding achievements in the study, writing, and teaching of American history.”  The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences named her the 2014 Alumna Fellow of the Year.

Among Professor Perry’s 13 authored or edited books are Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch (W.W. Norton 2013; finalist for the Library of Virginia 2014 Annual Literary Award in non-fiction); 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton (co-edited with Michael Nelson and Russell Riley, Cornell, forthcoming 2016); 41: Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush (co-edited with Michael Nelson, Cornell 2014); Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project (UVA and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate 2015); George H. W. Bush Oral History Project (UVA and George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 2011); “The Supremes”: An Introduction to the United States Supreme Court Justices, 2nd ed. (Peter Lang 2009); The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases (University Press of Kansas 2007); Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier (University Press of Kansas 2004); The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court’s Image in the American Mind (Praeger 1999; winner of a 2001 Choice Award); A “Representative” Supreme Court?  The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments (Greenwood 1991); and, with Henry J. Abraham, Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States, 8th edition (University Press of Kansas 2003).

The author of more than 35 articles/book chapters, Professor Perry has lectured throughout the United States and is a frequent media commentator on public affairs for CBS, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MS-NBC, NPR, PRI, Fox News, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Swiss TV, HuffPost Live, The Morning Rundown, The Andrea Mitchell Report, The NewsHour, The Diane Rehm Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday Times of London, USA Today, Bloomberg News, the Daily Beast, and the Associated Press.  She has been invited to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs and lectures for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for whom she taught a 2015 on-line graduate course on the Kennedy presidency.  From 2010-14 she served as an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, providing seminars to senior federal executives on the Kennedy presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court, and leadership.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Professor Perry earned a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville.

Guest Speakers

Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Reggie Kennedy is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of Directors for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.  Kennedy is a senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group of the international law firm Greenberg Trauig LLP. She advises clients on governmental and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

Victoria Kennedy is a Trustee (Presidential Appointment) of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on the Board of Directors of the National Leadership Roundtable. Additionally, she is a member of the Commission on Political Reform at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center. She has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society, and is an advocate for expanding medical research and access to health care for all Americans.

Paul Grattan Kirk Jr.

Paul Grattan Kirk Jr. (born January 18, 1938) is an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 2009 to 2010, having been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ted Kennedy. From 1985 to 1989, he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He has also served as the co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the chairman of the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. In the private sector, he served as a lawyer and lobbyist.


Enjoy a full day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm learning about John F. Kennedy’s life, family and legacy.

9:00 am Arrive at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point
Coffee and pastries
Lecture and Discussion with Barbara Perry
John F. Kennedy’s Presidency: Why Does Camelot Endure?
An examination of the substance behind President and Mrs. Kennedy’s creation of the Camelot image that endures more than a half-century after JFK’s death.
Conversation with former Senator Paul Kirk
Guided Tour of John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Break, walk next door (just a few steps) to Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Discussion with Special Guest, Victoria “Vicki” Kennedy
Guided Tour of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Coffee Break
Lecture and Discussion with Barbara Perry
JFK’s Roots: The Fitzgerald/Kennedy Political Dynasty
An overview of how the families’ immigration experiences, political backgrounds, and religion shaped John F. Kennedy’s life and career, as well as those of his siblings.
4:45-5:00 pm Wrap up the JFK One-Day UVA

Note: Comfortable shoes are suggested.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Participants may cancel their registration for JFK at 100 by completing the Cancellation Form and faxing it to Lifetime Learning at 434‐924‐0556 or emailing it to

Individuals are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations, if applicable.

Refund Policy:

If Lifetime Learning receives a completed Cancellation Form on or before April 21, 2017 you will receive a refund of 50% of your registration fee.

If Lifetime Learning receives a completed Cancellation Form after April 21, 2017, no refund will be issued.

Reading List

Barbara Perry has several posts on the Thoughts From the Lawn blog. You might like to read these two prior to this event.