Public Events

Preview Screening and Discussion, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm at the National Humanities Center

Special guests: John Kasson and William Leuchtenburg from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. This seven-part, fourteen-hour documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.


John Kasson is professor of history and American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Fellow at the Center in 1980–81 and 2009–10. A cultural historian, his most recent books include The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America (2014) and Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America (2001).


William Leuchtenburg is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leading scholar of the life and career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He is also a trustee emeritus of the Center and was a Fellow from 1978 to 1981. He is the author of more than a dozen books on twentieth-century history including In the Shadow of FDR (1983; fourth edition, 2009).