The JFK Assassination


"In part, the country lost a little of its idealism," SMU Political Science Prof. Dennis Simon told a reporter. Read more about SMU experts discussing the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.

SMU is providing scholarly analysis, one-of-a kind archival material and citywide leadership as the world gathers in Dallas to remember the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963.

Reporters and researchers from around the globe have been on campus for months, working with faculty experts; archived speeches, sermons and letters to Dallas Mayor Earl Cabell from the days surrounding the assassination; and an undergraduate class exploring the life, times and legend of JFK.

SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler, philanthropist and lifelong Dallas resident, was tapped by Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings to plan the City of Dallas’ JFK Commemoration ceremony.

SMU houses historical documents related to the events of Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade in the city's downtown area.

SMU faculty experts and the documents offer insight into the events of that tragedy and the days that followed. In addition, SMU is playing a role in the year-long observance of the assassination, beginning with Presidents' Day on February 18, 2013.

Following are suggested story angles, experts, and documents housed in SMU's DeGolyer Library:

For information and appointments with experts, or to arrange live interviews using SMU's broadcast studio, contact the Office of News and Communications at 214-768-7650 or