Institute to Welcome President Obama

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend the dedication on March 30.
Attention Media - Opening Weekend Press Credentialing Available

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is accepting requests for press credentials for its Dedication to be held on March 30, 2015.

The Institute will host a gala and dedication ceremony on March 29 and 30th to mark the opening
Arrival of the Senate Desks

The Institute received a special delivery recently, with the arrival of 100 hand crafted Senate Desks for our Chamber. Watch this video on the desks and what they mean to the Institute.
Reception with U.S. Senators

The Institute hosted a bipartisan reception for current U.S. Senators in Washington.

Andrea Mitchell interviews Mrs. Kennedy to discuss the Institute's March 2015 public opening.

Educational programs

The Institute's primary audience will consist of middle and high school groups and their teachers, college/university students and faculty, new senators and government officials, as well as casual visitors and life-long learners. In particular, University of Massachusetts faculty and students will make regular use of the Institute.

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About Our Institute Concept, Design and Production

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s concept, design and production are the result of a remarkable collaboration among the Senator, his wife Vicki Reggie Kennedy, and Ed Schlossberg of ESIDesign. There would be no Institute without the thought-leadership at the beginning and continued hands-on leadership of Ed Schlossberg and ESIDesign.

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Learn more about the Senate Immersion Module

The EMK Institute invites students to participate in early development of the Senate Immersion Module (SIM), an educational experience about the U.S. Senate in the Institute's full-scale Chamber. Opening: March 2015.

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Our innovative building

The Institute is being designed by world-renowned architect, Rafael Viñoly. As principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects, he has completed many critically and publicly praised buildings around the world including the Tokyo International Forum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Abu Dhabi Campus for New York University.

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The Senate is surely one of the most important bodies in the free world. Each year its decisions affect the hopes and lives of men and women in every part of the globe...”

- Senator Edward M. Kennedy