Robert F Kennedy, Talk led by Marian Strobel (Recording available through April 1)

Event details

  • Tuesday | March 15, 2022 to Friday | April 1, 2022
  • All Day
  • 864-244-1499

  |  Cost: Free (Recording  available through April 1)

Robert F Kennedy, Talk led by Marian Strobel


When one hears the name Kennedy, most think of JFK or maybe even Jackie. But it was serious young Bobby Kennedy who faced off with Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters during the Rackets Committee hearings of the late fifties and who during the Cuban Missile Crisis possessed a dissenting voice to which the President was open to listen.

When we think of the 60’s generation, we recall JFK’s challenge: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

RFK took up that gauntlet: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of this generation.”

He was 36 when he became the US Attorney General.  At 40 he was elected a US Senator and soon started his Presidential campaign. At 42 he was assassinated. What might have been had he finished the race?

(This event is not a costumed performance but will feature audience Q/A.)

The Robert F Kennedy Talk is a part of the 2022 Library Talk Series celebrating a 24-year community collaboration between Greenville Chautauqua and the Greenville County Library System co-sponsoring talks about the historical figures that will appear in the June Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival.

The Robert Kennedy Talk is a part of Upstate International Month promoting our rich cultural diversity, heritage, and global connections through a variety of internationally themed events. Upstate International Month is produced by Upstate International in collaboration with their community partners.

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Marian Strobel, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, holds the Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Currently, she is the William Montgomery Burnett Professor of History and Chair of the Faculty at Furman University where she specializes in Recent US History and American women’s history.  Previous to coming to Furman, she  taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Montana, the University of Virginia, and Phillips Exeter Academy.

Dr. Strobel is especially interested in the history and impact of the Kennedy family.  She has been a frequent speaker in Greenville and especially at the American History Book Club where she has delivered talks on  Joseph Kennedy, JFK and the election of 1960.  She presented the 2019 Jackie Kennedy Chautauqua Talk.

Marian is a long-time enthusiastic supporter of Greenville Chautauqua and currently serves on the Greenville Chautauqua Board of Directors.