The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great
Wednesday, May 18
Award-winning historian and writer Harvey J. Kaye will offer reflections on the Four Freedoms and their legacy today revealing how the victories and defeats of the Depression Era and World War II, and the struggles of our parents and grandparents, contain the bricks and mortar for rebuilding our democracy.
The remarkable transformation of those Four Freedoms from abstract words into concrete images and from an optimistic rhetorical concept into a living statement of human rights and dignity is a dramatic and inspiring story that speaks to the power of images and artistic contributions of American illustrator Norman Rockwell. As that story reaches its 75th year, Norman Rockwell Museum will commemorate and explore the enduring appeal of the artist’s Four Freedoms paintings, which are part of its permanent collection.
Harvey Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and the author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. An award-winning writer, Kaye has published 15 books, contributed articles to a diverse array of publications, and appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
The presentation will be introduced by Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum, and a Q&A session will follow.
This program is co-sponsored by The National Arts Club and Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.