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  • emNearer My Godem
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    Nearer My God

    William Buckley talked about his book, Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith. The book is Mr. Buckley’s thirty-eighth book and reviews his experiences with religion in his lifetime and…

  • emHappy Days Were Here Againem
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    Happy Days Were Here Again

    Author and commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. talked about his compendium titled Happy Days Were Here Again, published by Random House. The book is a collection of more than 120 articles and…

  • Discussion on Espionage and the Manhattan Project
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    Espionage and the Manhattan Project

    Robert S. Norris talked about George Koval, an American citizen who spied for the Soviet Union for almost ten years and supplied them with information about the atomic bomb. James Schoke and Ben Bederson, veterans…

  • William F Buckley Jr Interview
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    William F. Buckley, Jr. Interview

    In an excerpt from the American Writers program, “Writings of Kirk and Buckley,” William F. Buckley, Jr. was interviewed at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He talked about the history of…

  • Eisenhower in Review Early Years
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    Eisenhower in Review: Early Years

    Mack Teasly and Dan Holt participated in the first of a series of forums looking back at President Eisenhower’s educaton, military career and years in the White House. They talked about his…

  • Class Discussion of emThe Fire Next Timeem
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    Class Discussion of The Fire Next Time

    At the high school where James Baldwin attended, a class of students discusses Baldwin and his book The Fire Next Time.

  • James Baldwin Speech
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    James Baldwin Speech

    In this 1979 speech, James Baldwin talked about being a black writer, about the civil rights movement, and other topics.

  • Writings of James Baldwin
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    Writings of James Baldwin

    From the library of DeWitt Clinton High School, guests examined racism in America and the rise of the civil rights movement through the life and writings of social critic James Baldwin. Dr.…

  • Memories of James Baldwin
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    Memories of James Baldwin

    Mr. Stein was a close friend of James Baldwin and talked about his experiences. They both attended DeWitt Clinton High School.

  • Russell Kirk Writings
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    Russell Kirk Writings

    In an excerpt from the American Writers program, “Writings of Kirk and Buckley,” the guests at the Russell Kirk Center talked about the history of modern conservative political movement in…

  • Writings of Whittaker Chambers
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    Writings of Whittaker Chambers

    From the Chambers Farm in Maryland and from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, the guests talked about the early period of the Cold War and the attraction Soviet Communism…

  • Jack Kerouac Writers in Orlando
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    Jack Kerouac Writers in Orlando

    Mr. Kealing talked about the Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project that is housed in the Orlando apartment where Jack Kerouac lived with his mother before the publication of On the Road.…

  • Writings of Jack Kerouac
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    Writings of Jack Kerouac

    From the Jack Kerouac Commemorative Park on Bridge Street in Lowell, MA, guests talked about the history of United States from the late 1940s through the early 1960s through the life and writings…

  • The Life and Times of Russell Kirk
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    The Life and Times of Russell Kirk

    The participants focused on Russell Kirk’s life and influences and how he developed post-World War II American conservatism. Dr. Kirk’s widow also spoke.

  • Russell Kirk and emThe Roots of American Orderem
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    Russell Kirk and The Roots of American Order

    Mr. Whitney talked about Russell Kirk’s book, The Roots of American Order, about the history of American laws and social norms. After his presentation he answered audience members'…

  • Russell Kirk Collection
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    Russell Kirk Collection

    From the Morton Township Library, Mr. Person, the biographer of Russell Kirk, talked about a display of artifacts and books on Kirk.

  • Writings of Kirk and Buckley
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    Writings of Kirk and Buckley

    Set in Dutch Barn Library at Russell Kirk Center, the guests talked about the history of the modern conservative political movement in the U.S. through the life and writings of Russell Kirk and William…

  • Writings of Betty Friedan
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    Writings of Betty Friedan

    From the grounds of Smith College in Northampton, MA, guests talked about the history of the women’s rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s through the life and writings of Betty Friedan.…

  • Interview with Jack Kerouacs Agent
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    Interview with Jack Kerouac's Agent

    Mr. Lord talked about his experiences as Jack Kerouac’s agent.

  • Jim Irsay Interview
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    Jim Irsay Interview

    Mr. Irsay is the new owner of Jack Kerouac’s original On the Road “scroll.”

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