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    American Studies Summer Institute

    July 11-22, 2016 This year’s program will focus on the origins and meanings of contemporary rifts in the US polity. For more than two centuries, Americans have sought to reconcile the civic ideal of E Pluribus Unum—out of many, one—with challenges to national unity posed by an increasingly pluralistic society.

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    Debra Bowen (2008)

    After a $450 million investment by California counties in electronic voting systems aimed at modernizing elections, newly elected Secretary of State Debra Bowen ordered an independent review of the new voting technologies to ensure they adequately protected the integrity of the vote. When the study revealed troubling flaws in the systems, Bowen ...

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    Research Fellowships & Grants

    The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

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    Nina Dudnik 2014

    During a Fulbright fellowship in Africa, Nina Dudnik worked with highly skilled scientists who lacked access to the basic tools of scientific research. As a molecular biologist in the US, she saw opportunity in the fact that basic research tools were often discarded while they were still useful. She founded Seeding Labs to provide scientists in the...

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    Military Advisors in Vietnam: 1963

    Topics: Vietnam, US History after World War II In the winter of 1963, the eyes of most Americans were not on Vietnam. However, Vietnam would soon become a battleground familiar to all Americans. In this lesson plan, students analyze a letter to President Kennedy from a woman who had just lost her brother in South Vietnam and consider Kennedy&rsquo...

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    The Federal Government Takes on Physical Fitness

    In the years just after World War II, concerns about the fitness of US citizens, especially the young, attracted national attention. Several trends and developments in the country lay at the root of this anxiety. The nation's economy had changed dramatically since the beginning of the century, and with it changed the nature of work and recreation. ...

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    Michael Synar (1995)

    In his sixteen years as a U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma, Michael L. Synar distinguished himself for his unwavering commitment to serve the public interest, no matter how powerful the foe or great the political risk. As a leader of the anti-smoking forces in Congress, Synar introduced legislation to restrict advertising of tobacco products and to i...

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    Zainab Salbi 2007

    Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International in 1993 to help women in war-torn regions restart their lives in ways that are independent, productive, and secure. The organization connects American women with women in war-torn regions through a tiered sponsorship program that begins with direct financial and emotional support, and leads to grea...

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    Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    Topics: Cold War, US and World History after World War II The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963 after eight years of negotiations between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. Although this treaty was limited in scope, it paved the way for later arms agreements. In this lesson plan, high schoo...

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KFC2106P Robert F. Kennedy Winning Ski Race

KFC2106P Robert F. Kennedy Winning Ski Race 1/1/1939

Accession Number: KFC2106P Description: Robert F. Kennedy after winning a ski race fo...