The nation’s youngest elected President followed one of the nation’s oldest chief executives. John F. Kennedy promised to get America ‘moving again’ and vowed to defend liberty around the globe. Kennedy believed the American presidency was the ‘vital center of action in the whole scheme’ of the American government. Yet JFK’s presidency was cut short by an assassin’s bullet, leaving a devastated nation and elevating him into something of a legend. This colloquium will examine Kennedy’s brief presidency, including his Cold War policies toward the Soviet Union, Cuba, Berlin, and Vietnam; his domestic initiatives on civil rights; as well as his impact on the office of the presidency.
What better way to learn about American history is there than by reading the primary sources, and discussing them with talented colleagues? What better place to learn about American history than in the places it was made? Participating teachers will read a set of primary source documents (150-200 pages), travel to a relevant historic site, and engage in conversation with up to 20 colleagues over the course of a weekend. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $225 to defray the cost of travel to and from the program site.