FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Robert P. Watson, Ph.D.

 Political Science

Robert P. Watson, Ph.D., is Professor of American Studies at Lynn University, Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and the political analyst for WPTV 5 (NBC). He has published 34 books and hundreds of scholarly articles, book chapters and essays on topics in American politics and history, been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets across the US and internationally and has served on the boards of numerous scholarly journals, academic associations and presidential foundations. Professor Watson has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Professor of the Year awards at both FAU and Lynn (twice) and FAU’s Faculty Service award (twice).

The Making of Greatness
The Presidents Before They Were Presidents

This course will explore some of the little-known yet intriguing failures and formative experiences of four great presidents. There is no doubt that, at a first look, we would have been utterly unimpressed had we met these men when they were teenagers. Indeed, many of their contemporaries felt the same way. However, on closer inspection, we would also have been privy to their unrelenting, raw ambition and vast potential. The course will go behind the scenes to uncover the complex personalities and challenges that forged their childhoods ... all of which marked the making of greatness.

Four Lectures
  1. Uncovering the Real George Washington
  2. Uncovering the Real Andrew Jackson
  3. Uncovering the Real Abraham Lincoln
  4. Uncovering the Real Harry Truman
Course # S4M4 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — April 7, 14, 21, 28
  Time:3:15 –4:45 p.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member