The Making of Greatness:
Presidential Persons Before they Became Presidents
Robert P. Watson

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This series will explore some of the little-known yet intriguing failures and formative experiences of four great presidents. There is no doubt that, at 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. We will go behind the scenes to uncover the complex personalities and challenging childhoods that forged their character. In short, the making of greatness.

Included, as an added bonus, a portion of this lecture will likely consist of observations, and commentary regarding the current political and cultural landscape in the U.S. and abroad.
1. Uncovering the real George Washington
2. Uncovering the real Andrew Jackson
3. Uncovering the real Abraham Lincoln
4. Uncovering the real Harry Truman
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  Dr. Robert P. Watson is Professor of American Studies at Lynn University and Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. He has published 36 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).

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, March 18, 25; April 1, 8
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member