The Cuban Missile Crisis: Lessons for Today, Session 1

October 22, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location Smith Hall and Online

This special conference commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis will explore the Crisis and the lessons it still holds for us. Sessions will examine the historical context of the Crisis, as well as how lessons from the Crisis resonate with contemporary challenges. 

Activist and author Daniel Ellsberg (virtual), Harvard professor of business administration Nancy Koehn (virtual), New York University professor of public service and of history Tim Naftali, Johns Hopkins professor of historical studies Mary Sarotte (virtual), and University of Virginia professor of history Philip Zelikow (virtual) discuss the history of the Crisis and crisis leadership in the conference’s first session.  

Click here to learn more about the other Cuban Missile Crisis Forum taking place during this conference.



How to Attend

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