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Explore the successes and failures of John F. Kennedy’s presidency more than fifty years after his assassination, including the Cold War, the Peace Corps, civil rights, and the arts, through media, leadership theory, and public policy.


Barbara A. Perry, White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions, University of Virginia


More than fifty years after its tragic end, the presidency of John F. Kennedy continues to fascinate people in the United States and around the world. Why should a mere thousand-day presidency continue to attract such universal attention?

Through the lenses of imagery, media, leadership theory, and public policy, this seminar will explore the strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures of the 35th president of the United States. By examining JFK’s biography, career, rhetoric, and policies, including on the Cold War, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the Peace Corps, civil rights, the space race, and the arts, participants will gain both knowledge of and perspective on the Camelot era.

Based in Boston, the seminar will tour President Kennedy’s birthplace, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, and the Edward Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Travel & Accommodations

This seminar will be located at Boston University. The closest airport to Boston University is Logan Airport. A taxi from Logan Airport to Boston University will be approximately $35 (includes a 15% tip). The MBTA Green Line “B” train passes through Boston University, where you will use the “Boston University East” stop. The Boston University directions and parking page has driving directions. Please note that parking on campus is extremely limited. Use of public transportation to the university is recommended when possible.

Participants will stay in an on-campus dormitory in single bedrooms, but may share bathrooms and common space.

The college provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. Participants should also plan to bring laptops as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 30th, 2017 5:00 PM   through   August 5th, 2017 9:00 AM
Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration Fee $75.00

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