HIST 797 (01) - Colloquium

Coll/JFK Hist Perspectives

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 10354
Selected topics in American, European, and non-Western history. Required of history majors. Students must elect section in the department office at the time of registration. Prereq: HIST 500. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Full Title - Historical Perspectives on the Presidency: JFK
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 M 11:10am - 2:00pm HORT 422
Additional Course Details: 

HIST 797 sec. 01  HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRESIDENCY: JFK

This senior colloquium will focus on John F. Kennedy, the nation's first "television President," whose election in
1960 ushered in a period characterized by soaring idealism, dangerous Cold War tensions and domestic unrest. We will examine Kennedy's early life and his political rise to the nation's highest office, the critical foreign policy crises of his Presidency, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, and his response to some of the decisive moments in the Civil Rights struggle which unfolded during his term of office. All students will pursue individual research projects based on archival materials available in the digitized collections of the John F. Kennedy Library. The focus of the colloquium is on learning more about the ways in which Kennedy shaped and responded to the political and social history of the early 1960s. We will also weigh the impact of JFK's thousand days in office and his violent death on the history that unfolded after his assassination. Course meets the History requirement for Group I.