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American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race

April 19, 2019

As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, award winning historian, CNN commentator and New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brinkley will take a fresh look at the U.S. space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge and America’s race to the moon on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.

On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced an astonishing goal: to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In American Moonshot, Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in human history. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural and scientific factors that fueled the birth of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

A book sale will follow the public talk.

Co-sponsors:  UF’s Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities; the Gus Burns Memorial Fund of the Department of History; the Department of Journalism; the Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Watch the recording of the presentation at this link:


April 19, 2019
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