American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Douglas Brinkley, Peter Baker (moderator)
Thu, April 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10


In 1961, as the Cold War cast a shadow across the globe, John F. Kennedy inspired Americans to look up towards the sky. Overseeing the expansion of the American space program, Kennedy energized the nation’s aspirational ambitions by promoting science, exploration, and the spreading of democratic ideals.

Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian for CNN and the New-York Historical Society, is the author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Peter Baker (moderator) is chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, a political analyst for MSNBC, and co-author of a forthcoming biography of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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