You Don't Know Jack: Why JFK Matters a Half Century after DallasExport this event to calendar

Monday, November 25, 2013 — 3:30 PM EST

November 22, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy (JFK), an event that continues to spark interest to this day.

Join Dr. Jim Blight and Dr. janet Lang to discuss the cautious skepticism of JFK.

paiting of JFK and stylized backboneIn their paper, professors Blight and Lang (both of the Department of History and CIGI/Balsillie School of International Affairs) examine JFK’s cautious skepticism — his “Black Swan logic”— which he used to scrutinize the potentially disastrous consequences of US military intervention. In doing so, JFK met with tremendous protest from his hawkish advisers — but a life of debilitating back pain, near-death experiences and barely controlled Addison’s disease gave him the steely resolved to trust his instincts, against the better judgment of doctors, generals and political advisers. JFK’s black swan logic helped him to avoid his hawkish advisers’ forceful attempts to bring the United States into conflicts that would have quickly escalated into nuclear war. Shedding new light on his misunderstood behaviour during an era of nuclear uncertainty, Blight and Lang conclude that JFK’s skeptical, cautious approach is as indispensable now as it was during his presidency.

Cost 
Free
Location 
EV1 - Environment 1
Room 350
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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