John F. Kennedy is an American icon. He was the President of a “new generation” and his life, death, and legacy continue to capture the attention of academics and popular writers alike. What is it about this man, his presidency, and even his personal life that compels such interest? In this class we will use a critical lens to examine JFK’s family history, opportunities, obstacles, politics, and style as well as the people and initiatives he embraced. We will consider how JFK’s presidency should be assessed and what his political and personal journey can teach us about leadership. There are all different ways to “package” and evaluate history. In this class, we are considering a famous individual and examining his ancestry, family, politics, and life experiences to learn more about the past and to further develop writing, research, presentation, and information literacy skills.