Fifty years ago, President Kennedy embarked on the last great campaign of his life — the struggle for a sustainable peace with the Soviet Union and a dramatic slowdown in the proliferation of nuclear arms. In October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union were on the edge of the nuclear abyss during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both Kennedy and his Soviet counterpart, Nikita Khrushchev, were deeply shaken by the near-death experience.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, author of “To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace,” joins 92YTribeca to show how Kennedy emerged from the crisis with the determination and prodigious skills to forge a new and less threatening direction for the world. Together, Kennedy and Khrushchev would pull the world away from the nuclear precipice, charting a path for future peacemakers to follow.
Join Sachs and Gillian Sorensen, widow of Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen, for a conversation on how Kennedy campaigned for his vision and opened the eyes of the American people and the world to the possibilities of peace.
When: Monday, June 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: 92Y/Tribeca Mainstage, 200 Hudson St., New York, NY
Tickets: $15. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit the 92Y/Tribeca website.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.