FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D.


Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and he received another award in 2005 for 20 years of excellence in teaching. He currently teaches graduate seminars on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has twice spoken at the FAU program in Boca, as well as on numerous occasions for the Middle East Society on the FAU Boca campus.

Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has spent 30 years in government relations. He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.

He served for more than eight years as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and was the first director of Builders for Peace. In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.

The Four Presidential Assassinations

Political assassinations have often altered the course of history: Julius Caesar; Czar Alexander II; Archduke Franz Ferdinand; Gandhi; Yitzak Rabin. Four American Presidents have been assassinated. Each of these murders, in their own way, dramatically changed the course of American history. While totally different, every one of these acts of murder is a fascinating story, including mysteries, conspiracy theories and unanswered questions.

This course will examine why and how John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln; Charles Guiteau shot James Garfield; Leon Czolgosz assassinated William McKinley; and Lee Harvey Oswald shot John Kennedy. We will discuss Booth’s original plans to kidnap Lincoln and then how he and his fellow conspirators then sought to murder Lincoln and other national leaders. Did Booth head the conspiracy to kill Lincoln or were “higher-ups” involved? How did he evade his pursuers for 12 days? How did Lincoln’s death change the projected course of post-Civil War Reconstruction and then undermine race relations in the U.S. for a century? Garfield was the youngest man, to date, elected as President. He was one of our most brilliant Presidents, a Civil War hero, and a renowned Congressman who had hoped to challenge the nation’s corrupt political establishment. He died months after being shot raising serious questions about his medical treatment. How did Theodore Roosevelt’s assumption of power after the death of McKinley truly thrust the nation into the 20th century? What has been learned about Kennedy’s assassination in 50 years since JFK? Is there any merit to any of the conspiracy theories?

Course # W4T2
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays — February 10, 17, 24; March 3
  Time:9 – 10:30 a.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member