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Renard Lecture: 1968: the Year that Shook our History: Part 2 – Lost Hope, Conflict and CynicismNovember 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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November 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Date:
November 20, 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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$5
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Renard Lecture: 1968: the Year that Shook our History: Part 2 – Lost Hope, Conflict and Cynicism

The passionate hopes of the spring of 1968 are crushed one by one as we begin part 2 of this lecture on the most tumultuous year in our recent history. We go through the murder of Robert Kennedy, the ebbing of revolt in France, and the Soviet invasion that ended “Prague Spring”. Next, we relive the protests, street violence and often stunning behind-the-scenes decisions of Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. We move to a resurgent Richard Nixon’s call for law and order, George Wallace’s potent threat and Humphrey’s last-minute surge. Finally, we watch LBJ’s October surprise announcing a new path to peace in Vietnam, and then listen to tapes of his agonizing private conversations as this hope is dashed, apparently by one presidential campaign’s treason. We conclude by considering the legacy of 1968, including whether a shift in one leader’s judgment, a few votes, or a single bullet, might have changed the course of history.
 Jess Velona has practiced law for more than 25 years and is also a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches oral advocacy and written communication skills. He has published on the relationship between law and politics. As a onetime candidate for public office in Manhattan, surrogate campaign speaker for Bill Clinton, and an aide who drafted speeches for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Velona loves sharing his fond appreciation of the most inspiring and dramatic moments in political history.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors Open at 9:30 am