Life in the White House
Tales of America's Most Famous Residence
Robert P. Watson
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The White House is many things - a powerful symbol of democracy, a vast office complex, a living museum, the people's house, and the private residence of first families. The building's history is filled with fascinating tales, including ghosts and gossip, architectural restorations, great political decisions, and weddings, births, and deaths. The lecture series will explore the rich history of the first families' day-to-day lives in the "people's house."
1. Building a Palace: L'Enfant's Grand City and Hoban's Design
2. Political Architecture: Historic Restorations and Grand Impressions
3. "Living Above the Family Store:" Pets, Kids, and Weddings in the White House
4. The People's House: From Ghosts to Gossip
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Robert P. Watson is Professor of American Studies at Lynn University and a Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He has published 34 books and hundreds of articles, chapters, and essays on topics in American politics and history; co-convened a half-dozen national conferences on the presidency; and serves on the boards of several scholarly journals, presidential foundations, and community and professional associations. A frequent media commentator, he has given thousands of media interviews to local, national, and international print, radio, and television outlets, including CNN, BBC, USA Today, and others. He wrote a Sunday column for the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, and is the political analyst for WPTV-5 NBC. He has won several teaching awards including Professor of the Year at FAU and Lynn (twice) and FAU's Faculty Service Award (twice).
||4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
||Tuesdays, October 29; November 5, 12, 19
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member