Past Event

Nixon Debates Kennedy 1960

Nixon Debates Kennedy PosterOn the evening of September 26, 1960, candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon squared off in the first televised debate at CBS Studios in Chicago and changed the history of presidential campaigns.

Face the cameras yourself in this free all-ages reenactment of that moment: you are John F. Kennedy or Richard M. Nixon sharing your vision for the country with its voters.

Between remarks from the candidates, you’ll hear commentary from artist Jesse Malmed, historian Walter Podrazik, journalist Laura Washington, and special guest Newton Minow that underscores the significance of this televisual, journalistic, and political moment.

For more information about this event, please contact Paul Durica at or (312) 422-5583. For more information about other Bicentennial programming, visit