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Dr. Dunak to Deliver April 7 Talk for National First Ladies’ Library
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Muskingum University Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History Karen Dunak will deliver the Virtual Legacy Lecture "Jackie Kennedy and Presidential Image Making," presented by the First Ladies National Library on April 7, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  

Focusing on Jackie Kennedy’s first 100 days in the White House, Dr. Dunak’s discussion addresses the ideas that style was part of the Kennedy substance.  The talk will trace the ideas that the First Lady conceived of during that time, as well as her continued devotion to the importance of the presentation of the presidential home and the family that resided there.

In an overview of the Jackie Kennedy’s fashion choices, historical home renovation, and cultivation of the White House as a cultural hub, Professor Dunak argues that the First Lady played a fundamental role in the visual representation of President John Kennedy’s New Frontier and thus must be recognized as a key contributor to the image of modernity, vitality, and intellect cultivated by his administration.

Dr. Dunak is a historian of modern American life and culture. She is currently writing a book about media responses to and representations of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  She is the author of As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America and a contributing author to Of The People: A History of the United States.

To register for the lecture, visit  Virtual Legacy Lecture: Jackie Kennedy & Presidential Image Making Tickets, Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite.

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