American Presidency Students Tour JFK Library, Meet Director Putnam ’84

American Presidency class

(Front row, l. to r.) Bill de la Rosa ’16, Dieu Ho ’15, Erica Hummel ’16, Emily Gower ’16, Caroline Blake ’14, William Kenefake ‘16. (Back row) Tom Putnam ’84, Evan Kulak ’14, David Levine ’16, Roberto Tavel ’16, Monty Barker ’16, John Horton ’15, Prof. Andrew Rudalevige.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, brought students from his American Presidency class to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, where they spent time with the library’s director, Tom Putnam ’84. “He graciously met with us to give us a sense of his post-Bowdoin career, the National Archives system, and the joys and pressures of running a high-pressure public institution — especially in this 50th anniversary year of the Kennedy assassination,” says Rudalevige. The students also met with one of the library’s archivists to explore how presidency scholars conduct primary research, and toured the museum exhibits.

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