A Living Memorial
It all began in the little yellow house at 78
Mt. Auburn Street, where, in the fall of 1966, the Institute
of Politics was born. Envisioned as a living tribute
to President John F. Kennedy, the institute, wrote Harvard
Professor John Kenneth Galbraith at the time, can only be
made live with something that is itself alive. If it
is to have life
, I conclude this must be a center for
For thirty-five years, the Institute of Politics, now housed
in the Littauer Building, has kept its promise, offering students
the chance to interact with IOP Fellows and the scores of
world leaders who pass through its doors.
hope of the institute is to really try and see, remarked
Senator Ted Kennedy at the IOPs 35th anniversary celebration
about his brothers wish to inspire young people to serve
in public office, if that spark will be kindled in the
hearts and the souls of students as they move on through.
And I think if the institute is successful in being able to
strike that spark, itll be the most fitting memorial
to his name.