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Monday, May 27
FREE EVENT ADMISSION
Honor the American military this memorial day by paying special tribute to POWs and their families.
10 AM: Wreath Laying at the Memorials of President and Mrs. Nixon
11 AM: Panel with POW Wives from the Vietnam War
Panelists include POW wives Jenny Connell Robertson and Patsy Crayton, as well as historian Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives, the first in-depth look at the political power of POW spouses, who ignored social protocol to help free their husbands.
Moderated by Audrey Coleman, curator of The League of Wives, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Robert J. Dole Institute.
2 PM: Placentia Symphonic Band Concert
The highly popular and renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will perform its classic repertoire of All-American favorites in the East Room. This will be the 50th performance of the band at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. The Placentia Symphonic Band has a long relationship with the Nixon Foundation and regularly performs at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.
Paid admission is required to tour the museum galleries and Apollo 11 special exhibit.
Before he was the U.S. Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment— “The Old Guard” — on combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Join us on May 29, 2019 as Senator Cotton discusses his new book Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, an extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery.
The program will be moderated by incoming Nixon Foundation President Hugh Hewitt.
General Admission: $45
Nixon Foundation Members: $35
President’s Society Member VIP Reception: $75
Event admission includes an autographed copy of Sacred Duty!
An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.
Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, “the saddest acre in America.” He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation’s history. America’s oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private.
In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment’s soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation’s “most sacred shrine.”=
Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton’s time at Arlington, part intimate profile of today’s soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation.
Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between combat tours, he served with the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 AT 9AM
In partnership with Frank Luntz, pollster, communications expert, political commentator, and CEO of Luntz Global, the Nixon Foundation will host 16 university students from around the world for an exclusive engagement at the Nixon Library.
Luntz will moderate the focus group with international students — all top of their classes and future leaders of their respective countries — to hear their perspectives on politics, global security, and the prospects for democracy throughout the world. The international students are all studying at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus.
This will be a program of active audience participation. Throughout the televised live stream, Luntz will invite general audience members to ask questions of the students.
During this program, Luntz will unveil for the first time his “21 Words of Diplomacy” initiative.
Monday, June 10 | 7:00 PM
Meet Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Harry Stewart, Author of Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of WWII. In Conversation with co-author Philip Handleman.
He had to sit in a segregated rail car on the journey to Army basic training in Mississippi in 1943. But two years later, the twenty-year-old African American from New York was at the controls of a P-51 Mustang, prowling for Luftwaffe aircraft at five thousand feet over the Austrian countryside. By the end of World War II, he had done something that nobody could take away from him:
He had become an American hero.
This is the remarkable true story of Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr., one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
Thursday, June 13 | 7:00 PM
Author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
A fascinating collection of 50 key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives that tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program
Book Foreword by Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins
Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century’s most important space endeavor:
NASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and a survival kit to space food and moon rocks, it’s a carefully curated array of objects–complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.
This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world’s capabilities for space travel and revolutionized our sense of humanity’s place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.
“I was there – and you can be, too, in this unique book of pictures and stories about the Apollo missions” – Buzz Aldrin
Teasel Muir-Harmony is a historian of science and technology and curator of the Apollo Spacecraft Collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She earned a Ph.D. from MIT and held positions at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Muir-Harmony’s current research project focuses on the history of space diplomacy, examining how Project Apollo shaped and mediated the United States’ role on the global stage.
This race is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the kick off to a day of family fun. Racers are encouraged to dress in their best spacesuits — or any other out of this world costume! — for this race which will follow a moderate course that is accessible for runners of all levels. Strollers welcome!
HUGE VALUE! Registration includes bibs, timing, commemorative race shirt, an exclusive 3D Apollo 11 themed medal, and entry to the all-day festival to follow, featuring live entertainment, games and prizes, giveaways, face-painting and balloon art, food trucks, and more!
PLUS! Registration cost also includes admission to the all new Apo11o Special Exhibit which includes rarely seen artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission and a virtual reality experience!
Sign up today to save your spot for a race of intergalactic proportions. Early bird pricing is ending soon!
Children 4 and under: FREE*
Children (5yrs – 14 yrs): $35
Blast off is at 8AM!
NOTE: This race will blast-off and splash down at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
*Children 4 years and under are invited to participate at no cost, however they will NOT receive a bib, timing, shirt, or medal.
Special thanks to our community partners:
Apola Gyro Grill, 18427 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Offer: 10% off total bill with Museum admission sticker or receipt. Not valid with any other specials or offers.
Kasey Pipes, former presidential speechwriter and Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, will discuss his long-awaited biography about Richard Nixon in the President’s post-White House years of 1974 to 1994.
Pipes will discuss how President Nixon, living in virtual exile after resigning from office, became an influential writer and trusted advisor to presidents and world leaders, leveraging his ever-sharp mind, peerless instincts, and deep understanding of the currents of geopolitics.
Pipes argues that Nixon continued to shape the course of U.S. foreign policy, especially with the world’s great powers Russia and China, well after his resignation.
After the Fall is the gripping and never-before-told story of the most remarkable reversal of fortune in American political history.
James Hansen, New York Times bestselling author, will discuss the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.
Hansen’s unparalleled biography of an American icon is called a “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth Century.” It’s based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, and rare access to private documents and family sources.
The Nixon Foundation is producing this program in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic Moon Landing.
On April 29, 2019 the Nixon Library opened an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind, which runs through January 12, 2020.
Former President of Pepperdine University and current Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Davenport will discuss how in the past half-century American Presidents have declared war on a host of domestic problems — poverty, crime, drugs, terror — as a tactic to exert political will, and carry out their agendas.
Consequently, he concludes that labeling these initiatives as “wars” created bold, urgent expressions of Executive power, rather than slower, steadier, and deliberative approaches to policymaking. It’s also shifted power away from what was the province of states and Congress, to the Presidency.
Seth Blumenthal, lecturer at Boston University, will discuss his new book that explores how President Nixon built a political majority after the 1968 election by developing and implementing a forward-thinking, innovative appeal to young voters.
In this regard, the book considers Nixon’s policies on the environment, ending the draft, and lowering the voting age to 18 years old. It also shows how despite pollsters, pundits, and politicians’ expectations that American youth tends to lean left, Nixon’s effort in the 1972 election established a model for youth campaigning that influenced successful GOP strategies in future elections.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 AT 7:30PM
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
Winston Lord — former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China — will discuss the Nixon administration’s vision for diplomacy with China, the Soviet Union, Vietnam, and the Middle East, which laid the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today.
Kissinger on Kissinger represents the one and only collection of Oral History interviews with Dr. Henry Kissinger. The interviews were produced by the Nixon Foundation, and conducted by Ambassador Lord, Dr. Kissinger’s one-time associate in the Nixon White House.
The revealing interviews capture Kissinger’s thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era who he knew, worked with, and admired.
A panel of proven combat veterans share the severities of three wars that have defined our nation, our politics, and our culture.
War now has spanned three generations of Americans. Fifty-five years of ebb-and-flow fighting in foreign countries seems almost surreal to the American public, yet has become a matter of course for the us armed forces serving overseas. come share this unique experience to discuss some of the complexities of each war from those who have fought on the front lines of American foreign policy and national security.
Karl Marlantes, Vietnam Veteran and author of Matterhorn
Marjorie K. Eastman, Afghanistan Veteran and author of The Frontline Generation
Scott Huesing, Iraq Veteran and author of Echo in Ramadi
Richard Nixon Foundation
Orange County Navy League
For more information or to register contact:
Dr. Gregory A. Daddis at email@example.com or 714-997-6834
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 AT 7PM
In 2013, President Xi Jinping launched “The Belt and Road Initiative” a 21st Century vision of its ancient silk road trade routes. Its stated objective is to integrate China’s growing economy through the global economic system.
Through its various infrastructure projects, BRI runs through the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa investing trillions in railroads, ports, pipelines, fiber-optic cables, satellites and internet connectivity.
As a consequence of China’s vision for global economic expansion, Chinese companies now have a controlling stake in 76 ports in 35 countries across the world. To protect its vast interests, China has also expanded its global security presence.
How does the BRI conform with China’s geopolitical ambitions? What does it mean for America’s interests and security?
David M. (“Mike”) Lampton is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at FSI and affiliated with Shorenstein APARC. Lampton (BA ’68, MA ’71, PhD ’74), an expert in Chinese politics and U.S.-China relations, is the Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Emeritus. Over the course of his career, Lampton accompanied American public and private sector leaders to China, and Chinese leaders to the United States. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Lampton consults with government, business, and social sector organizations, and has served on the boards of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Asia Foundation for which he served as chairman. He is the author of a dozen books and monographs. Lampton’s current book project is focused on the development of high-speed railways from southern China to Singapore.
Jonathan Hillman is a senior fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and director of the Reconnecting Asia Project. At CSIS, he leads an effort to map and analyze new roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure emerging across the supercontinent of Eurasia. Prior to joining CSIS, he served as a policy adviser at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he directed the research and writing process for essays, speeches, and other materials explaining U.S. trade and investment policy. At USTR, he contributed to the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy, the President’s Trade Agenda, and numerous Congressional testimonies.
Top Photo: Xi Jinping (Bloomberg).
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 7PM
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING
Nicholas Evan Sartantakes, Professor of History at the Naval War College, will discuss President Nixon’s intertwined, and relatively unknown, relationship with the spectacle of American sports.
While in office, President Nixon did a lot more than just throw out the first baseball of the season; he was a genuine baseball and football fan, and his interest and engagement in American sports had an impact on the culture of the nation.
In this in-depth study, Sarantakes argues that sports are central to understanding Richard Nixon. When watching sports or attending athletic events, Nixon was his most unguarded and articulate. Consequently, Nixon was able to use sports in a way that communicated a recreational pastime, allowing him to effectively express his leadership, values, and policies to the American people.
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In-Conversation with Hugh Hewitt
NOVEMBER 18 AT 6:30PM
Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most distinguished admirals of our time and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, offers an intimate, human account of the lessons of leadership and character contained in the lives and careers of history’s most significant naval commanders.
In his upcoming book, “Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character,” Admiral Stavridis brings a lifetime of reflection to bear on the subjects of his study: on naval history, on the vocation of the admiral with its glories and challenges, and on the sweep of global politics. Above all, this is a book that will help you navigate your own life’s voyage: the voyage of character.
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