One Day University with the JFK Hyannis Museum
June 24 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Ready to learn something new, get inspired and be totally entertained?
Cape Cod Times, in partnership with The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, will be sponsoring a One-Day University on June 24th at Barnstable High School. Come to this One Day U event and spend a half day immersed in the works of award winning professors from the finest schools in the country while participating in a community of like-minded people who believe that learning is a lifelong process. At One Day U there are no grades, no tests, no homework … just a fascinating experience!
Location: Barnstable High School
Time: 9:30am to 1:15pm
The Rise of Jack and Bobby: The America That Made the Kennedys
Professor: Stephanie Yuhl / College of the Holy Cross
In this this class, we will explore some key elements of this larger post-1945 historical context, including McCarthyism and the Cold War, the Civil Rights struggle, the rise of popular media (especially television), and the changing status of so-called “old” immigrants (especially Irish Catholics), that help explain how Jack and Bobby were able to position themselves in the mid-century American spotlight.
The President’s Library: Books that Shaped JFK (and other Commanders in Chief)
Professor: Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
As part of our talk, we will also discuss how JFK’s own writings were shaped by the world of literature he loved so dearly. In addition to JFK, other presidents and their reading will feature in our discussion. We will see why George Washington was obsessed with a play about a Roman freedom fighter who opposed Julius Caesar, how Thomas Jefferson came to have the largest personal library in the country, what drew Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare so obsessively, and which British poet Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorized. Together, we will see how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked, as we explore the momentous events in these presidents’ lives in light of the books that inspired their thoughts and guided their actions.
JFK’S Second Term: An Alternate History
Professor: Jeremi Suri / University of Texas
This lecture considers whether a two-term Kennedy presidency would have altered anything fundamental in American foreign and domestic policies, and to what extent the assassination marked a fundamental turning point in American history.