Join us to learn more about the career of New England’s first Jewish governor, and what lessons we might take from his career for politics today. Ribicoff, who grew up in New Britain, first entered state politics in 1938 and was elected governor in 1954. An early backer of John Kennedy, he served in the Cabinet as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and then spent 12 years in the Senate. He was proud of his Jewish heritage but insisted that his job was to represent all of Connecticut. During the 1970s, he played an important role in U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Panelists will include

  • Thomas Carty, professor of history at Springfield College and author of A Catholic in the White House: Religion, Politics, and John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Campaign
  • Jonathan Harris, former state legislator, commissioner, and senior adviser to Gov. Lamont;
  • Art House, chief of staff to Ribicoff in the Senate from 1976-1980

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