All seats are reserved for “David Axelrod: A Life in Politics” at the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Boston. Mr. Axelrod has been an advisor to both Presidents William Jefferson (“Bill”) Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Axelrod will discuss his memoir Believer: My Forty Years in Politics with journalist Mike Barnicle on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Tickets can still be reserved for “The Legacy of James Baldwin” on June 11, 2015. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
First, the restored documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket will be screened. Then, filmmaker Karen Thorsen; Tufts University Professor of History Peniel Joseph; poets Nikky Finney and Rose Styron; and Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, will discuss his legacy.
The moderator will be W.G.B.H.’s Kim McLarin. This event is in partnership with PEN New England.
All seats are reserved for “David McCullough on the Wright Brothers” on Monday, June 22, 2015. Popular historian and biographer David McCullough, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his new book Sky High: The Epic Story of the Wright Brothers.
The digital archivists of the J.F.K. Presidential Library are continuously scanning photos. Recently, they posted to the Web site photos from May 17, 1962, when Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (L.B.J.) presented Caroline Kennedy with a pony named Tex (L.B.J.’s home state being Texas).
The photos depict young Caroline riding Tex on the South Lawn of the White House and other children playing on the South Lawn. The slideshow can be seen online here.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2015 Profile in Courage winner Bob Inglis held a live question-and-answer session via Twitter. He answered sixteen questions people from all over the world submitted to Inglis or the J.F.K. Library through Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail.
The J.F.K. Presidential Library posted the Twitter Q&A on Storify. One of the people to pose a question was Michael T. in Indiana, who asked, “Addressing climate change will require a shift from old industries to new ones. How do we make sure our economy remains strong in the transition?”
Inglis replied, “Good question Michael –with free enterprise solutions, climate action doesn’t need to hurt the economy.” He added, “some industries will hurt others will prosper. Railroads could have been airlines with foresight.”
Mathew Waltman, a junior at Dwight-Englewood School Tenafly, New Jersey, won the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students. His essay, entitled “Tom Selders: A Mayor for All the People,” concerned the former mayor of Greeley, Colorado.
Mayor Selders lost his bid for re-election after he traveled to Washington, D.C. in May of 2007 to speak to lobbyists as an advocate of so-called “immigration reform.” He spoke about the impact on the families of (illegal) immigrants of a 2006 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on the Swift & Company meatpacking plant—the town’s largest employer—that resulted in the arrest of 262 undocumented workers, many of whom were later deported. It can be read online here.