What would America have looked like if JFK hadn’t been assassinated?
When people as smart and thoughtful as Jeff Greenfield and Michael Beschloss tackle that question, the results are not just diverting, but illuminating. Together, they consider how the world would have been different if Kennedy had served a second term. Journalist and TV analyst Greenfield’s newest book is If Kennedy Lived. Beschloss is the country’s preeminent presidential historian and a bestselling author.
Jeff Greenfield is one of the sharpest, wittiest minds around when it comes to discussing politics, current events and media. Any interview he does is fun, surprising, stimulating and often buzzworthy. Don’t wait for an edited clip to show up on your favorite website—be there when the news happens and ask your own questions.
Jeff Greenfield will be selling and signing copies of his new book, If Kennedy Lived, following the event.
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This lecture is endowed in memory of Robert L. Beir.
Michael Beschloss has been called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by Newsweek. He has written eight books on American Presidents and is NBC News Presidential Historian, as well as contributor to PBS's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, has spent more than thirty years on network television. He most recently served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent and is currently working as a columnist for Yahoo! News and anchor for PBS' "Need to Know."
Prior to his return to "CBS News," Greenfield had been senior analyst for CNN since 1998. During that time, he served as its lead analyst for its coverage of the primaries, conventions, presidential debates and election nights, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Greenfield also has reported on the media, culture and trends for the cable network.
Though the five-time Emmy winner’s reporting has taken him to locales around the world from South Africa, to Japan, to Europe, he is principally known for his coverage of domestic politics and media. He has served as a floor reporter or anchor booth analyst for every national convention since 1988. He has twice been named to TV Guide's All-Star team as best political commentator and was cited by the Washington Journalism Review as "the best in the business" for his media analysis.
Before joining CNN, Greenfield was a political and media analyst for "ABC News" (1983-97), appearing primarily on "Nightline" and delivering weekly commentaries for "World News Sunday."
Previously, he was the media commentator for "CBS News" (1979-83). Greenfield has also appeared on William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" and PBS' "We Interrupt This Week." He was the anchor of PBS' "CEO Exchange," a limited-run series, for five seasons.
Greenfield, a native of New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Cardinal. He is an honors graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Following law school, Greenfield worked as a speechwriter in the Senate ODIC and 1968 Presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy. He then worked as Chief Speechwriter for New York City Mayor John Lindsay.
Greenfield spent seven years with famed political consultant David Garth, and wrote books and magazine articles as well.
Greenfield has authored or co-authored 12 books, including national bestselling novel The People’s Choice, The Real Campaign and Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow!, an insider account of the contested 2000 presidential election. His latest book Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics – JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, which was released to great acclaim in March 2011. A follow-up e-book, 43*: When Gore Beat Bush - A Political Fable, in September 2012, and his latest, If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History, will be released in October 2013.