Meet Joseph A. Esposito
- April 6, 2018
The author of Dinner in Camelot comes to DC on Sunday, Apr. 8th, at 1PM.
With a guest list that included 49 Nobel laureates along with many other distinguished scientists, artists, and writers, the dinner party held at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on April 29, 1962, was extraordinary even by White House standards. By today’s standards, it seems nearly unimaginable that people of distinct, and sometimes clashing views — Linus Pauling attended after having picketed the White House earlier that day — could convene for a gracious evening in so highly charged a setting. Recreating both the conversations and their historical context, Esposito, an educator, historian and writer, evokes the tensions of the Cold War and U.S.-Cuba relations, outlines the goals of the space program and the civil rights movement, and lets guests such as James Baldwin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Mary Walsh Hemingway, and William and Rose Styron reflect the important role intellectuals played at the time.
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
At Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Click here for info.
[Editor's note: Click here to read the Independent's review of Dinner in Camelot.]