During the last three years of her life, Eleanor Roosevelt hosted the innovative television series, "Prospects of Mankind" (1959-1962). Produced by National Educational Television, the forerunner of PBS, the series was recorded primarily at the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University. Roosevelt's ties to Brandeis were deep; she was an early member of the Board of Trustees, gave the university's first commencement speech, and joined the Brandeis faculty as a visiting lecturer of international relations just weeks before the series' inception. The first episode of "Prospects of Mankind" was recorded during the week of Eleanor Roosevelt's 75th birthday (October 1959), and the last just months before her death in November 1962. The series documents some of the most influential figures of the mid-twentieth century, and captures Eleanor Roosevelt's keen interest in world affairs during the last years of her life.
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