A conversation with John Kerry

A conversation between John Kerry, the former senator, secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate, and Jon Western, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, and the Carol Hoffmann Collins ’63 Professor of International Relations.

The conversation will be centered around Senator Kerry’s new book, “Every Day is Extra."

Tickets are required.

How to attend

Free tickets are still available for Mount Holyoke students, faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Register for yours by following these instructions:

  1. Log in to your OneCard account.
  2. Click on the “Purchase” button in the top menu bar.
  3. Click on “Events.”

All ticket holders must present their OneCard at the door to gain access to Chapin. No physical tickets will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Any open seats will be released at 7:15 pm to those waiting in line. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to guarantee entry.

About the Book

In “Every Day is Extra,” John Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life — from son of a diplomat to decorated Vietnam veteran, five-term United States Senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and secretary of state for four years — a revealing memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history.

“Every Day is Extra,” is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale University graduate, Kerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served first as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state — Ohio — of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the foreign relations committee and then succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East, dealt with the Syrian civil war while combating ISIS and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

“Every Day is Extra,” is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about his late colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for 50 years. “Every Day is Extra” shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

The event is cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Departments of Politics and International Relations, and by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the Weissman Center for Leadership, and the Odyssey Bookshop.

Please contact Linda Chesky Fernandes, Academic Department Coordinator, Departments of International Relations and Politics, with questions.