Recent Talks: History

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DIANA: LIFE AND DEATH OF THE PEOPLE’S PRINCESS

John F. Kennedy once said, “No one has a right to grade a President…who has not sat in his chair, examined the mail and information that came across his desk, and learned why he made his decisions.” Public opinion is a fickle beast often swaying somewhere between honorable and incompetent. Barry cuts through the red tape and sheds fascinating insight into the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived.

THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY: THE SUPERMODEL, THE ARCHITECT AND THE INSANE BILLIONAIRE

It sounds like a movie: The setting: a swanky society gathering on the roof of Madison Square Garden. The players: A charming rogue who was America’s greatest architect, the drug addicted scion of one of America’s wealthiest families and his wife, a teenage chorus girl who was America’s first supermodel. In fact, it has been fictionalized in two movies: “Ragtime” and “The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing.” Come and be fascinated as I tell a mesmerizing story of murder and madness, sex and celebrity at the dawn of the twentieth century.

WHO KILLED JFK? A HISTORIAN RESPONDS

The murder of John F. Kennedy has been one of the most debated, discussed,
dissected, and controversial events in the history of the United States of
America.  Even before the Warren Commission issued their report finding that Lee
Harvey Oswald was the only killer, the public was skeptical. How could an
insignificant pipsqueak of a man like Oswald possibly pull off such a dastardly
crime? And what about all those secret files? And all the conspiracy theories?
And the movies, books, articles, and documentaries? In this fast-paced, highly informative multimedia presentation, I will do my best to answer as many of these questions as possible!


 

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