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JFK at 100: John F. Kennedy’s Centennial in Historical Context

Date & Time

May 21 - 23, 2017

Location

Boston
Massachusetts

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Overview

An In-Depth Look at our 35th President on his 100th Birthday

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from world-renowned University of Virginia Miller Center scholars. Professors Barbara Perry and Marc Selverstone of UVA’s Miller Center, which specializes in the study of presidential scholarship, public policy and political history, will lead a special three-day program in Boston, MA, observing JFK’s 100th birthday.

Join us as we trace significant points in JFK’s life and presidency and the life of his family all while in the historically significant city of Boston. Visit JFK’s birthplace, take an in-depth tour of the JFK Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, experience local culture and cuisine, and meet notable special guests Vicki Kennedy and former Senator Paul Kirk.

Please join us in this once-in-a-lifetime JFK program marking his 100th birthday.

Note: This program includes daily walking tours, extended periods of time standing, and long days.  Please come prepared with comfortable walking shoes and layers of clothing to adapt to the ever-changing weather in Boston. Given the nature of the event, dress is business casual, but feel free to get a little dressier for our opening and closing dinners on Sunday and Tuesday.

Speaker(s)

Barbara Perry

Barbara A. Perry is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Ethics and Institutions at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she is Director of Presidential Studies and Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program.  She is also the Project Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project.

Previously, Professor Perry was the Carter Glass Professor of Government and founding director of the Center for Civic Renewal at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.  In 1994-95 she served as the Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award as the outstanding fellow that year.  In addition to providing research for Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s speeches, she briefed more than 3,000 visitors to the Court, from 70 different countries.  Professor Perry was the Senior Fellow for Civics Education at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center in 2006-07, where she is currently a Non-Resident Fellow.  From 1996 through 2008 she taught in the Supreme Court Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law.  In 2012 she received the Virginia Social Science Association’s Scholar Award in Political Science.  The Sons of the American Revolution, Virginia Society, awarded her their 2013 Silver Good Citizenship Medal for “her outstanding achievements in the study, writing, and teaching of American history.”  The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences named her the 2014 Alumna Fellow of the Year.

Among Professor Perry’s 13 authored or edited books are Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch (W.W. Norton 2013; finalist for the Library of Virginia 2014 Annual Literary Award in non-fiction); 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton (co-edited with Michael Nelson and Russell Riley, Cornell, forthcoming 2016); 41: Inside the Presidency of George H. W. Bush (co-edited with Michael Nelson, Cornell 2014); Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project (UVA and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate 2015); George H. W. Bush Oral History Project (UVA and George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 2011); “The Supremes”: An Introduction to the United States Supreme Court Justices, 2nd ed. (Peter Lang 2009); The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases (University Press of Kansas 2007); Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier (University Press of Kansas 2004); The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court’s Image in the American Mind (Praeger 1999; winner of a 2001 Choice Award); A “Representative” Supreme Court?  The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments (Greenwood 1991); and, with Henry J. Abraham, Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States, 8th edition (University Press of Kansas 2003).

The author of more than 35 articles/book chapters, Professor Perry has lectured throughout the United States and is a frequent media commentator on public affairs for CBS, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MS-NBC, NPR, PRI, Fox News, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Swiss TV, HuffPost Live, The Morning Rundown, The Andrea Mitchell Report, The NewsHour, The Diane Rehm Show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sunday Times of London, USA Today, Bloomberg News, the Daily Beast, and the Associated Press.  She has been invited to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs and lectures for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, for whom she taught a 2015 on-line graduate course on the Kennedy presidency.  From 2010-14 she served as an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, providing seminars to senior federal executives on the Kennedy presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court, and leadership.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Professor Perry earned a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University, and a B.A. in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville.

Marc Selverstone

Marc Selverstone is associate professor at UVA’s Miller Center, where he chairs the Presidential Recordings Program. He is the author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard), editor of A Companion to John F Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell), general editor of the Presidential Recordings Digital Edition (Virginia), author of several articles on the Kennedy presidency, and is currently writing The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam (Harvard).

View his curriculum vitae.

Selected Publications

  • A Companion to John F. Kennedy, editor, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
  • Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945–1950, (Harvard University Press, 2009). Winner of 2010 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
  • The Presidential Recordings, Digital Edition, co-editor (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010)
  • “Special Forum: The Politics of Troop Withdrawal,” editor, Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010) 2.
  • “It’s a Date: Kennedy and the Timetable for a Vietnam Troop Withdrawal,” Diplomatic History 34 (June 2010), 3: 485-495.
  • “The Historiography of Anti-Communism,” OAH Magazine of History 24, ed. Jeremi Suri (forthcoming, October 2010).
  • “Window Into the White House,” co-author, Social Education 72 (April 2008), 3: 130-135.
  • “The Past is More than Prologue: Reflections on the Cold War and the War on Terror,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations vol. 37, no. 1 (April 2006), pp. 4–8.
  • “JFK Lessons for Iraq,” Boston Globe, March 9, 2006.
  • “Policy in the Making: A Look Inside the White House at War,” The OAH Magazine of History, October 2004, pp. 63–64.
  • “Doctrines,” Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, 2nd. edition, vol 1, Richard Dean Burns, Alexander DeConde and Fredrik Logevall, eds., (New York: Scribner’s, 2001), pp. 521–41.

In Progress

  • “Teaching With the White House Tapes,” in “Understanding and Teaching the Cold War, ed. Matthew Masur, (University of Wisconsin Press).
  • “Leaving Vietnam? JFK and the 1000-Man Withdrawal of 1963,” Vietnam, 1963, ed. Pierre Asselin, Edward Miller, and Lien-Hang Nguyen (Cambridge University Press).
  • The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitments to Vietnam (under contract, Harvard University Press).
  • The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson, Digital Edition: Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War: Escalation, July 1965–January 1969 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press), co-editor, in progress.
  • The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, vol. IV, associate editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.
  • The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, vol. V, associate editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.
  • The Presidential Recordings: John F. Kennedy, vol. VI, associate editor (New York: W.W. Norton), in progress.

Guest Speakers

Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Reggie Kennedy is the Co-Founder and President of the Board of Directors for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.  Kennedy is a senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group of the international law firm Greenberg Trauig LLP. She advises clients on governmental and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

Victoria Kennedy is a Trustee (Presidential Appointment) of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on the Board of Directors of the National Leadership Roundtable. Additionally, she is a member of the Commission on Political Reform at the Bi-Partisan Policy Center. She has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society, and is an advocate for expanding medical research and access to health care for all Americans.

Paul Grattan Kirk Jr.

Paul Grattan Kirk Jr. (born January 18, 1938) is an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 2009 to 2010, having been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ted Kennedy. From 1985 to 1989, he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He has also served as the co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the chairman of the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. In the private sector, he served as a lawyer and lobbyist.

Agenda
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
4:00 PM Arrivals and Check-In Boston Marriott Quincy
5:30 PM Welcome Reception & Dinner Boston Marriott Quincy, Ballroom
Lecture # 1: Fitzgerald/Kennedy Roots in Boston’s Political Milieu – Barbara Perry
MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
7:30 AM Breakfast Boston Marriott Quincy, Abigail Adams Room
Lecture # 2: Kennedy Women – Barbara Perry
9:45 AM Bus to JFK’s Birthplace, Brookline, MA
JFK’s Birthplace
House Tour
Guided Neighborhood Walk
Bus to JFK Library, Boston, MA
JFK Library
Lunch with guest Former Senator Paul Kirk Jr.
Lecture # 3: JFK’s Road to the White House – Marc Selverstone
Guided Tour
Bus to Dinner
Return by bus to Boston Marriott Quincy for an early evening
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017
7:30 AM Breakfast Boston Marriott Quincy, Abigail Adams Room
Lecture # 4: The Kennedy Brothers – Barbara Perry
10:00 AM Bus to Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston, MA
Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Guided Tour
Lunch with guest: Vicki Kennedy
Lecture # 5: JFK’s Foreign Policy – Marc Selverstone
Return by bus to Boston Marriott Quincy by 3:00 PM
Free time to explore the area on your own
6:30 PM Farewell Dinner Boston Marriott Quincy, Ballroom
Lecture # 6: The JFK Centennial in Historical Context – Barbara Perry and Marc Selverstone
Talk Descriptions

Fitzgerald/Kennedy Roots in Boston’s Political Milieu – Barbara Perry

An overview of how JFK’s family’s immigration experience, political background and religion shaped his life and career.

Kennedy Women – Barbara Perry

An examination into how the President’s mother and his First Lady created the Camelot image that endures more than half a century after JFK’s death.

Road to the White House – Marc Selverstone

An exploration of JFK’s rise from sickly second son to war hero, to congressman, to White House aspirant, to Commander in Chief, that situated his presidential campaign and policies within the political dynamics of mid-20th-century America.

The Kennedy Brothers – Barbara Perry

A discussion of Edward (Ted) Kennedy’s impact on American politics, from his brother’s presidency to the Obama Administration. This discussion will share the University of Virginia Miller Center Ted Kennedy Oral History Project.

JFK’s Foreign Policy – Marc Selverstone

Becoming Commander in Chief in the “hour of maximum danger,” JFK faced a series of crises around the globe, each of which threatened to turn the Cold War into a hot war. We will hear how JFK met these challenges using the secret White House tapes that were recorded during his time in office.

The JFK Centennial in Historical Context – Barbara Perry and Marc Selverstone

An examination of the roots and meaning of Kennedy’s enduring appeal and its relevance to contemporary affairs.

Fees and Lodging

Registration Fee:  $895 per person.  Cost includes all meals, parking at the Boston Marriott Quincy, admission fees and transportation from Boston Marriott Quincy to and from lectures, tours and exhibits.

Lodging: We have reserved a block of rooms for participants wishing to stay with us for the duration of our program.  The group rate is $179.00 per room per night.  The room rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 11.7%).  This special room rate is available for Sunday, May 21, 2017, through Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

If you would like to reserve accommodations for this event, please call Marriott Reservations directly at (800) 228-9290 or (617) 472-1000 on or before Monday, May 1, 2017, to make your room reservations.  Please identify yourself as part of the University of Virginia Lifetime Learning group staying at the Boston Marriott Quincy, located at 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, MA  02169.  After Monday, May 1st, the room block will be released, and the room rate and availability is not guaranteed.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by credit card.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy: 

Participants may cancel their registration for JFK at 100 by completing the Cancellation Form and faxing it to Lifetime Learning at 434‐924‐0556 or emailing it to cwm2z@virginia.edu.

Individuals are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations, if applicable.

Refund Policy:

If Lifetime Learning receives a completed Cancellation Form by March 15, 2017 you will receive a refund of 50% of your registration fee.

If Lifetime Learning receives a completed Cancellation Form after March 15, 2017, no refund will be issued.

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