Its words “our problems are man-made; therefore they can be solved by man” gave hope to future generations of leaders who
might feel the challenges to world peace are too daunting.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
On May 1st, American University's School of Communication, in partnership with the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's “A Strategy of Peace” speech with a panel discussion featuring NBC News' Tom Brokaw and legendary journalist and television host Nick Clooney. In a time of war in the Middle East and tensions on the Korean peninsula, JFK's speech reminds us today that negotiations in pursuit of peace are almost always an option.
“The fact that the speech was reprinted in Soviet newspapers and translated into Russian for radio was important in fostering an environment of understanding between two great nations,” said School of Communication Dean Jeffrey Rutenbeck of American University. “Its words did not fall on deaf ears and contributed greatly to the achievement of a permanent and lasting peace between what was then the Soviet Union and the United States.”
JFK's speech took place at American University's commencement 50 years ago this June and is considered by many to be one of his greatest speaking efforts. The speech was seen at the time as an olive branch of peace to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Its words “our problems are man-made; therefore they can be solved by man” gave hope to future generations of leaders who might feel the challenges to world peace are too daunting.
The discussion will take place at the Newseum's Annenberg Theater at 7 p.m. on May 1st. At the event, archival footage of the speech will be shown as well as AU's commemorative film "JFK: Building Peace for All Time." Audience Q&A will follow. The event is free to Newseum members but reservations must be made ahead of time. General admission is ten dollars; for members of the American University community, admission is five dollars.
The speech coincides with the powerful new JFK-themed exhibits and events going on at American University and the Newseum through 2013. These include:
- American University School of International Service Dean Goldgeier will host a Dean's Discussion on 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, Abramson Family Founders Room with Dr. Thomas C. Schelling, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
- "Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe" which features intimate images of Kennedy and his family taken by Jacques Lowe, Kennedy's personal photographer.
- "Three Shots Were Fired" which tells the dramatic story of the news media's reporting of Kennedy's assassination through powerful images and artifacts, including some items on loan from the National Archives, which have never been publicly displayed, that were with Lee Harvey Oswald at the time of his arrest on Nov. 22, 1963.
- "A Thousand Days," a Newseum-produced film shown on a 100-foot-wide video screen, uses original footage and interviews to examine Kennedy's presidency and family life in the White House.
About American University
American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world. AU’s School of Communication includes programs in film & media arts, public communication, journalism and communication studies.
About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment. One of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum's 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded, in part, by the Freedom Forum. The First Amendment Center at the Newseum and in Nashville and the Diversity Institute serve as forums for the study and exploration of the First Amendment. For more information visit http://www.newseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.