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A podcast is now available here of the special event held at the RAI to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
On 22 November, Godfrey Hodgson, Distinguished Fellow of the RAI and former Washington correspondent of The Sunday Times and The Observer, and Professor Randall Woods, University of Arkansas and John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government, 2013-14, discussed President Kennedy’s life, death and legacy.
On Tuesday 3 December, the RAI welcomes Professor Randall Woods to deliver the annual John G. Winant Lecture in American Government - ‘Avatar of Reform: LBJ and the Great Society’. Randall Woods is Distinguished Professor and John A. Cooper Professor of History at the University of Arkansas and is the current Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at Oxford. His lecture will take place at 5pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Entry is open to all.
8th Week Events (2-6 December)
The RAI this week welcomed two school parties to use the Institute’s outstanding resources on American history and politics. On Tuesday, a group of students from Perry Beeches Free School in Birmingham discussed the US Civil War with Dr Jay Sexton, covering topics such as the role that the Civil War played in the Women’s Rights movement in the United States. On Friday, A-level history students from The Cooper School in Bicester made their annual visit to the Vere Harmsworth Library to explore its collections on Civil Rights.
The RAI would like to wish all its friends in the United States a very happy Thanksgiving!
On Friday 29 November, the RAI welcomes Byron Shafer, Hawkins Chair of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin and a Distinguihsed Fellow of the RAI, for a special lecture. Professor Shafer will discuss ‘The Three Worlds of Postwar American Politics: Political Orders and Scholarly Eras’ at 5pm.
John Garth reflects on a special anniversary event at the RAI.
President Kennedy was deified by assassination, but on its 50th anniversary a critical retrospective hosted by the Rothermere American Institute sought to restore his reputation to a human scale.
Godfrey Hodgson, Distinguished Fellow of the RAI, bore witness to the events of 22 November 1963, when he was the Observer’s correspondent in Washington DC. There he saw the hastily sworn-in President Johnson and his dead predecessor arrive at Andrews Air Force Base; Jackie Kennedy emerge in her blood-stained pink suit; Robert Kennedy dash onto Air Force One; and National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy hand to Johnson a folder of briefings on events including the South Vietnamese coup.
7th Week Events (25-29 November)
On Friday 22 November – fifty years to the day since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated – the RAI marks the occasion with a very special event. Godfrey Hodgson, Distinguished Fellow of the RAI and former Washington correspondent of The Sunday Times and The Observer, and Professor Randall Woods, University of Arkansas and John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government, 2013-14, will discuss President Kennedy’s life, death and legacy at 5pm.
The event will also include a première screening of PBS-America’s new documentary, ‘JFK’ and will be followed by a wine reception. All are welcome.