The Kennedy administration remains a point of historical fascination for the American public. Check out these beautiful photographs of JFK and Jackie, and then join us tonight at Quad Club to hear from Richard Reeves, a Kennedy biographer, about the late president’s legacy 50 years after his assassination. RSVP here.
Read this engrossing excerpt from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s new book, Double Down, describing what President Obama went through after the first debate against Mitt Romney in Denver. Then come meet Halperin and Heilemann on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m., at Quad Club! RSVP here.
This photo leads us to believe that Teddy Roosevelt was probably the coolest president ever. Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin joins us to talk about her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft & the Golden Age of Journalism, which explores the friendship between Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Registration is full, but join the wait list here.
Hipster Lincoln says go to Social Sciences 122 on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 4:30 p.m., for a commemoration of the Gettysburg Address. There will be readings of the speech by Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell and MA candidate Christopher Huff (SSA ‘14), followed by a discussion by some of UChicago’s top history scholars. Refreshments provided. RSVP here.
"People ask, I mean, has any party ever gone so far astray as the Republican Party is right now? Yes. Democrats did it, as you remember. They got clobbered every four years in the ’80s and early ’90s. It took them getting routed for 12 years before they finally said, ‘You know what? We’re going to get a southerner who’s a Southern Baptist, who’s conservative to moderate, and we’re going to nominate him.’"
Joe Scarborough appeared on "CBS This Morning" today to talk about his new book on the GOP. During the interview, he also said he would consider running for political office again sometime “down the road.”
Ask him all about his political future on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., when Scarborough joins us at the Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club. Lunch provided; free & open to the public. RSVP: http://bit.ly/1f4nt9G
But as conservatives endure two terms of Barack Obama and face the possibility of eight more years with a Clinton in the White House, all too often these days it’s the Republicans who sound angry, extreme, and too out of touch. If the GOP wants to regain its place as the decisive force in national politics, it needs to reengage with its real legacy, which is one of principled conservatism combined with clear-eyed pragmatism.
Read the rest of this excerpt from Joe Scarborough’s book, The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics—and Can Again. Then come meet the author—host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and former GOP congressman from Florida—on Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, where he’ll be interviewed by David Axelrod. PLUS: By signing up and attending the event, you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Right Path! Free & open to the public. Lunch provided. More info & RSVP here.
Buzzfeed put together some of the funniest signs from the recent government shutdown. What’s not funny is that the Treasury is set to hit the debt ceiling again as soon as Feb. 7, 2014, and the U.S. government could once again come dangerously close to defaulting on its payments. We’ll talk about the crazy tale of budget brinkmanship in a discussion moderated by The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib—with two of the most knowledgeable members of Congress: House Chief Deputy Whip, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), and the Ranking Minority Member of the House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). NOTE: Lunch will be provided. Register here.
“The Southerners… just had a different view of where the Republican party should be, and as a result, the North Easterners and some of the other moderate Republicans slowly were taken out of the party, either by elections or by choice,” Chafee explained to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday.
Read why Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee switched his political affiliation in May to join the Democratic Party.
Come listen to him speak about his political career in the Ida Noyes library on Monday, Nov. 4, at noon. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here.
Many years ago, Jake Tapper, now one of CNN’s chief Washington correspondents, did a VH1 special about Lynyrd Skynyrd. True story. On this ridiculous Buzzfeed list, find out what he learned from his projects at VH1. Tapper will visit the IOP on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. to talk about his new book about a harrowing battle for a U.S. military outpost in rural Afghanistan. RSVP now!
PLUS: Did you know Tapper once dated Monica Lewinsky?! Read his first-hand account.
"As states surge toward full implementation of Common Core State Standards for public schools, the din is rising from some fronts to pull back. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott, whose tea party base offers perhaps the most strident opposition, is listening. In open forums Scott requested last week, people stepped forward to give their views. Criticism ranged from what’s taught in English class all the way to conspiracy theories involving iris scans."
Read PolitiFact’s primer on the attacks on the Common Core school standards, and come with your questions to our event on Thursday, Oct. 24, featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. RSVP for the event here: http://bit.ly/1ajOByq