25th Franklin and Eleanor Distinguished Lecture

Darlene Leal
Staff Reporter

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The event is free for RU students. Ad courtesy of Prof. Margaret rung.
Daniel Greene is a historian and professor from Northwestern University


Make sure to RSVP your seat for the 25th Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture. This year Daniel Greene, Ph.D will be joining RU on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  to talk about the connection between the Roosevelts and The Holocaust.

Professor Margaret Rung, Director of the Center for New Deal Studies, said the advisory board choose Daniel Greene to speak at RU partially because of the timing.

“When I was discussing it with him about when to have it, he talked about early November and he said that would be good because that’s the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht and it’s also the 80th anniversary of the 1938 midterm elections and we’re having the lecture on the day of our current midterms elections,” Rung said.

Rung said Green said he believes the 1938 midterm elections had a lasting affect on President Roosevelt and his immigration policy. “And likewise, obviously, he’s going to tie it to American responses to Kristallnacht as a way of gauging why Americans were not more welcoming and, umm, appreciative of the dangers facing German Jews,” Rung said.
Rung also said that Greene will be making connections to contemporary politics and comparisons between the resistances to immigration then to the resistance to immigration now.

“The United States does not open its borders. Does not… sort of welcome in people who are needing refuge. There are consequences for that and international consequences for example and I think he’ll talk about some of the ramifications of our current close mindedness,” Rung said.


Portrait courtesy of Northwestern University.

The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture happens once a year, primarily during the fall semester. Every year RU has a variety of speakers come to to the campus, from the surgeon general under Obama to the former president of Brazil. Every lecture tries to have a certain connection to the legacy of the Roosevelt, but it doesn’t always have to be historical topic. It can be a loose interpretation.

“We’re really open minded about it. We just really say anything that, again, is touching on the legacy, either the history of the legacy of the Roosevelts,” said Rung. One year RU hosted a musical performance that was followed by tea because Eleanor Roosevelt really enjoyed tea.
What rings true every year is RU tries to bring in great speakers that will interest the audience. “So we had some really wonderful people come and each year we pick somebody we know is going to be a good speaker,” Rung said.

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