OPEN HOUSE, Rep. Kaufman’s monthly public policy series, was launched in 1995 to provide a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community and Commonwealth. While Rep. Kaufman invites guests with expertise and experience in the policy area under consideration, the public is an integral part of the program, and audience participation typically directs the conversation. OPEN HOUSE has been named the best television series by the Massachusetts Cable Television Commission, and was awarded the cable industry’s Beacon Award as the nation’s best government relations series. OPEN HOUSE is produced in partnership with the Lexington Historical Society and LexMedia, which films the forums for broadcast in eastern Massachusetts.

- Dates for the 23rd Season

- “Open House” Archive

Next Open House:

“Democracy Demands Engagement V:Taking Stock”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” kicks off its 23rd season with a return to the civic engagement series, “Democracy Demands Engagement”. This first forum of the fall, “Democracy Demands Engagement V: Taking Stock”, will be held Thursday September 28th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center). Please note that we are back to our regular venue location at the Depot.

This participatory workshop is the culmination of the series and follows on the first four themes:

  • “Challenging Times/Building Community”
  • “Identifying and Overcoming Divisions”
  • “Values-Based/Moral Action”
  • “What Now?  Stand Up, Stand Tall, Stand Together”

Last spring’s four-part series explored what it would take to re-energize our democracy in the wake of the 2016 election season.  Since then, six working groups that were launched by that series have deepened the conversations, looking at issues of immigration, income inequality, healthcare, the environment, education, and our electoral system.  What have we learned?  What has happened to our nation’s political climate since last we met?  What are the new threats and opportunities?  We’ll take stock and renew our exploration of civic engagement.

Mark your calendars as we explore this challenging territory. RSVP by emailing brad.mullen@mahouse.gov.