In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on a wide array of topics including the American Revolution, presidential biography, women’s suffrage, and more.
John F. Kennedy’s victory over Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election signified a dramatic shift in the American political and cultural landscape. Nixon, the sitting vice president to Dwight D. Eisenhower, campaigned on the platform of continuing the current administration’s frugality, prudence, and stewardship, while the youthful JFK tapped into the nation’s inclination towards sweeping social change. Author and reporter John T. Shaw explores the 10-week transition of power from the 34th president to the 35th amidst the backdrop of a world in the throes of the Cold War.
John T. Shaw is Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University and the author of Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the yellow and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.