Former Maine Governor and Bowdoin Distinguished Lecturer Angus King presents a talk, titled “JFK and the Cuban Missiles: How Procrastination, a Made-Up Committee, and a Grasp of History Saved the World.” King describes how Kennedy’s unique leadership approach navigated the United States through the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the most dangerous moments in the country’s history.

King was elected Maine’s 71st governor in 1994 and was reelected in 1998 by one of the largest margins of victory in the state’s history. He was one of only two independent governors in the country at that time. He was appointed Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College in 2004. In addition to teaching the class Leaders and Leadership, he has participated in lectures and discussions hosted by various campus groups, offering students insight into the worlds of public service and politics. He was conferred with an honorary doctor of laws degree at Bowdoin’s 2007 Commencement Exercises.