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OLLI at American University

4801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Room A (1st Floor)

Washington, DC 20016

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Dinner of Genius

On a warm night in April 1962, Nobel Prize Laureate Linus Pauling put down his picket sign against nuclear testing and mingled with 48 of his fellow Nobel Prize winners and other distinguished Americans at the White House dinner of the century. He joined astronaut John Glenn, who had recently orbited the earth; Robert Frost, first inaugural poet; Ralph Bunche, diplomat extraordinaire; authors James Baldwin, Pearl Buck and William Styron; Manhattan Project scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer; and many others. Pauling was gently chided by President Kennedy for having “been around the White House already” and yet he was “urged to continue to express your feelings.” Joe Esposito will explore the guests, their relationships, and the role of the White House as a center for artistic and intellectual achievement at the height of Camelot.

Joseph Esposito is a historian, writer and educator who served in three presidential administrations, most recently as deputy undersecretary for international affairs in the Department of Education. He holds degrees from Pennsylvania State, George Mason, Georgetown, and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Virginia. He is the author of Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House.

LOCATION: All spring lectures are held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A on the First Floor.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: The lecture hall holds 105 people. Due to limited seating, reservations through Eventbrite are required to attend lectures. Each registrant may reserve one seat. Your name must be on the list of registrants in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to guarantee your seat. Visit https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series_overview for more information.

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Washington, DC 20016

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