November 25, 2013

Emmanuel Remembers John F. Kennedy

L-R: Martin, Natoli and Leonard; Ryvkin not pictured.

Last week, the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's passing with memorials, Masses and gatherings across the country. On the afternoon of November 21st, the day before the anniversary, a panel of faculty members gathered to discuss the first and only Catholic president's legacy at the White House, on civil rights and on foreign policy.

Dr. Marie D. Natoli, moderator, Professor of Political Science
"Kennedy, Camelot and the First Television Presidency"  

Dr. William C. Leonard, Dean of Arts and Sciences; Associate Professor of History
"JFK's 1963 Civil Rights Speech to the Nation"

Dr. Lenore G. Martin, Professor of Political Science
"JFK and Foreign Policy"

Dr. Faina Ryvkin, Professor of Chemistry
"Sharashkas:  The Soviet Union's Secret Scientific Research"

John F. Kennedy had a longstanding connection with Emmanuel College. In addition to serving on the Emmanuel College Advisory Board from 1946 to 1963, the then-Massachusetts senator gave the Commencement Address for the Class of 1949. At the invitation of Emmanuel's Historical Society, on February 16, 1956, Kennedy also gave a talk about the influences on elected officials and then read from his book, Profiles in Courage. In November 1958, members of the Historical Society viewed the film "A Day in the Life of Senator Kennedy." The Focus student newspaper released a memorial issue on Kennedy in December 1963, just a month after his assassination.

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From the Archives

1956 Epilogue - Historical Society page
"A vital interest in American government prompted the assembly lecture by Senator John F. Kennedy on current problems facing the nation. Senator Kennedy read excerpts from his new book, Profiles in Courage, to illustrate the strength of past senators when faced with a momentous decision at a critical period in history."

1959 Epilogue - Historical Society page
"Aware of American College students' tendency toward apathy concerning politics, the Society concentrated on encouraging student interest in local and national elections during November, and relative to this sponsored a film, entitled 'A Day in the Life of Senator Kennedy.'"

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