Selected Media Coverage


    In an August 9th, 2012 article entitled “Listening to Lyndon Johnson,” Peter Osnos writes:

    In March, Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute hosted a symposium called “Revisiting the Great Society: The Role of Government from FDR [and] LBJ to Today” that was especially valuable in re-igniting attention to the accomplishments of Johnson’s tenure and his skill at maneuvering through the political obstacles of that era. A report on the conference, just released by the institute highlights a keynote address by Caro that captures the essence of this aspect of Johnson’s genius. Caro said:

    The life of Lyndon Johnson is a very complicated life, but two aspects of that life shine brightly through all the complications and dark episodes. One is the compassion, his sympathy and empathy for people–poor people, people of color, people “caught in the tentacles of circumstance.” The other is the great gift–the talent beyond talent–to make compassion meaningful. Meaningful how? To help people fight forces too big for them to fight alone. This is the proper role of government.

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    This program can be viewed on the CUNY TV website or the CUNY TV YouTube channel. It can also be viewed on Channel 75 in NYC during the following air dates and times:

    • Monday, April 23rd at 9am, 3pm, and 9pm
    • Saturday, April 28th at 4pm
    • Sunday, April 29th at 1pm


    Click here to read more of the March 21, 2012 article.

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    Good Day NY

    Senator George McGovern appeared on Good Day NY  with host Rosanna Scotto on March 15, 2012.




    The New York Times

    The New York Times covered the airing of the March 14th panel discussion in the April 23, 2012 “What’s On Today” feature, p. C6.

    (CUNY) REVISITING THE GREAT SOCIETY: THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT FROM F.D.R. AND L.B.J. TO TODAY The roots and legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson are explored by Robert A. Caro, his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer; former Vice Present Walter F. Mondale; former Senator George S. McGovern; and the journalist Bill Moyers in this two-hour report, culled from a symposium presented last month by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Highlights include a panel discussion moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News as well as archival photographs and audio recordings of Johnson in conversation with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presenting a speech in 1965 before a joint session of Congress. The program will be repeated a 3 and 9 p.m.



    The New York Times Magazine

    In an April 12th, 2012 article entitled “Robert Caro’s Big Dig,” Charles McGrath writes on Robert Caro who has been writing Lyndon Johnson’s biography for nearly 40 years.




    American History TV on C-SPAN3 will air the opening session of the Presidential Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, July 4th at 12pm and 8pm EST and on Thursday, July 5th at 4am EST. The program was recorded on March 14, 2012 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

    The program includes welcoming remarks by Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab, introductory remarks by Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and a keynote address by Robert A. Caro, Author of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

    It also features the Making Washington Work panel discussion moderated by Bob Schieffer, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent and Moderator of Face the Nation and included the following panelists directly involved in Washington during the Johnson administration: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., LBJ’s Chief Domestic Advisor and former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (1977-1979); Ervin Duggan, LBJ’s Staff Assistant and former President of PBS; George McGovern, former Democratic Presidential Candidate, US Senator, and US Ambassador to UN Mission in Rome; Walter F. Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States and former US Senator; and Bill Moyers, LBJ’s Special Assistant and President of the Schumann Media Center. The panel explored issues of presidential courage and leadership and shared specific accounts of designing and implementing an ambitious domestic agenda.


    American History TV (C-SPAN3)


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