(New program!)  Michael Tougias pilots both a new topic AND format for Humanities to Go! At the height of the Cold War, two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy and the U2 aerial spy program. Based on declassified intelligence and interviews with the pilots, Mike’s and co-author Casey Sherman’s book Above & Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission grounds this conversation about presidential decision-making, nuclear containment, intelligence-gathering, and public information. It's a timely topic given today's concerns about the United States, North Korea and Iran. Tougias gives special emphasis to the U-2 pilots who flew unarmed over Cuba to secure photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the Island. After a short presentation, the audience forms small discussion groups using prepared questions and comes together at the end to debrief.

A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 20 non-fiction books published by Simon and Schuster. Several of his books focus on true survival stories including The Finest Hours: The True Story of The Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue (now a major motion picture by Disney), Fatal Forecast, and Overboard! His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the "Top Books of the Year" and described as "a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind."