Past Programs

Past 2020 Programs

  • Explore art to learn about historic people and events. Discover how art tells stories by examining different artworks through clues in plain sight. Work with fiber artist Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither to create your own documentary artwork about yourself. Materials needed: Paper, pen or pencil, and your imagination. Registration is required. Click here to register: This program is offered through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration's Community of Learning Program.  
  • Join the Sixth Floor Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War to learn about President Kennedy's service during World War II. Explore a PT-309 and a model of Kennedy's PT-109, then hear about how his time in the Navy helped shape his future.   In the middle of World War II, on August 2, 1943, Lt. John F. Kennedy's motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one incurred crew-member, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. This dramatic tale of World War II heroism framed Senator Kennedy's political narrative as he ran for president in 1960.   Registration is required. Click here to register: 
  • In the November 1964 issue of LOOK magazine, Martin Luther King, Jr. reflected on John Kennedy one year after his assassination. In the interview, King marveled at President Kennedy’s capacity to listen, learn and grow. He mused that “there were, in fact, two John Kennedys. One presided in the first two years under pressure of the uncertainty caused by his razor-thin margin of victory. In 1963 a new Kennedy had emerged…. He was, at his death, undergoing a transformation from a hesitant leader with unsure goals to a strong figure with deeply appealing objectives.” Join Dr. Sharron Wilkins Conrad, Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History, as she documents how African Americans—initially dubious about his commitment—were won over by the candidate’s optimism and by the symbolic steps he took to demonstrate his sincerity. For black voters, Kennedy’s transformation served as belated fulfillment of his political obligation for their help securing his narrow election victory. The assassination of the “New Kennedy” hit African Americans particularly hard, largely because black mourners believed that this new President Kennedy embodied their hopes and was killed as a result.   Note:   This program will be offered through Zoom. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, visit   Program format: Lecture with question and answer session at the end.