celebrating the
45th Anniversary of the Kennan Institute


A Tribute to the Founders of the Kennan Institute

James H. Billington


George F. Kennan 


S. Frederick Starr





On Monday, December 2, 2019, the Kennan Institute hosted the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Dinner. The event was a celebration of the Institute's 45th Anniversary and featured special tributes to its three founders, George F. Kennan, James H. Billington, and S. Frederick Starr. Recordings of those tributes are available to watch below.





You can also view opening remarks and program introduction by Kennan Institute Director Matthew Rojansky below.


You can view photos from the event HERE.
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-Kathryn W. Davis