31 May 2011
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
This lecture will consider how John F. Kennedy was able to develop what became one of the most powerful, seductive images of any modern political leader. The process by which an alluringly multi-faceted image of JFK was constructed during his lifetime – as erotic symbol, familial symbol, war hero, precocious politician, and man of letters – will be examined. How the 'Camelot' image of Kennedy evolved in American political culture after his assassination will also be explored.
Mark White is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London. After receiving degrees from the University of Nottingham (BA), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MA) and Rutgers University (PhD), he has gone on to write six books and numerous articles, mainly on recent US political and diplomatic history. The books include 'Missiles in Cuba' (1997) and 'Against the President: Dissent and Decisionmaking in the White House' (2007). He also launched and is the Convenor of the Queen Mary Seminar Series on America.
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