The Legacy of JFK
The American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy
Sunday 28 May 2 – 5pm

This forum will feature talks from Professor of History, James Curran, Research Associate, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Stephen Loosley AM, Visiting Fellow, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney. Chair: The Hon Peter Anderson AM.

FREE ENTRY – Numbers limited, please RSVP to | 4735 1100

A Public Program presented in association with the Gallery’s Winter Suite Exhibition: American Visionary: John F Kennedy’s Life and Times (Opening 27 May, on until 20 August).

About the speakers:

Professor James Curran teaches courses in Australian political culture and foreign policy, as well as the history of America’s relations with the world. His latest book, Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War, is a study of the Australia-US Alliance from the signing of the ANZUS treaty in 1951 to the early days of the Hawke government. It focuses chiefly on the crisis in the relationship in the early 1970s. The book follows other works by Curran on Australian political culture and foreign relations, including Curtin’s Empire (Cambridge, 2011) and, with Stuart Ward, The Unknown Nation: Australia After Empire (Melbourne, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s History prize. His first book, The Power of Speech (Melbourne, 2004,2006), was a study of the intellectual history of post-war Australian prime ministers and their efforts to redefine the nation in a post-imperial world.

In 2013 Curran was the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin, and in 2010 held the DFAT/ Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-US Alliance Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Prior to joining academia, he served in various roles in the Australian Public Service, including in the Prime Minster’s Department, the Department of Defence and the Office of National Assessments.

Curran has also been interviewed on ABC and commercial radio and TV, and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Spectator and The Australian Financial Review.

(Senator) Stephen Loosley served in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments (1990-1995), where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.

Prior to his Senate service, Stephen was the General Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party (1983–90). He also served a term as ALP National President (1991–92).

Stephen Loosley is now the Chair of the Advisory Board of Thales (Australia). He has served as Chair of the Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board and is a Director of O’Connell Street Associates. Stephen is the immediate past chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where he is now a Senior Fellow.

In addition, Stephen serves as a Corporate Councillor of the Asia Society (Australia) and on the Board of the Ethics Centre and the Territorial Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He also serves on the Board of CoverMore Travel Insurance. Previously he served on the Advisory Boards of Veolia (Australia/NZ) and Crescent Capital and on the Board of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue.

Stephen holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics (UNSW, 1976) and Law (UTS, 1997). His first book, Machine Rules, was published by Melbourne University Press in August 2015.

Stephen is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London); a member of the Centre for Strategy and Governance (Canberra) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Sydney). He is a commentator on Australian and US politics for Sky News; writes for The Australian and The Spectator Australia and is the Book Editor for The Strategist, Canberra.

On Australia Day 2015, Stephen was awarded an AM for services to the Parliament and to public policy.



Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, 1957. Photo, © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

A televised President Kennedy draws attention in an L.A. depart­ment store as he announces the U.S. naval blockade of Cuba, Oc­tober 22, 1962. Photo by Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Senator Kennedy returns home to Massachusetts after accepting the Democratic nomination, July 1960. Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.

A photo booth portrait, possibly taken during their honeymoon travels, 1953. Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

New York City, early 1961. The Kennedys’ influence on popular style, particularly Jackie’s, had already gained momentum prior to the election but positively exploded once JFK as­sumed office. Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.


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