JFK 50th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
DALLAS (SMU) – SMU is sponsoring a series of compelling programs through spring 2014 associated with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in
Dallas's Dealey Plaza. Check back for final schedules for programs marked “Time TBD.”
Tuesday, Sept. 10
James Reston, Jr.: The
Accidental Victim, JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald,
and the Real Target in
Time: 6 p.m. reception, 6:30
p.m. lecture and book signing
Location: Ballroom, SMU Hughes-Trigg
Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street
firstname.lastname@example.org Reston’s lecture is free
and open to the public, but reservations are requested. The event is
sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries.
Texas Gov. John Connally,
not President Kennedy, was Lee Harvey Oswald’s intended target nearly 50
years ago, according to historian and author James Reston, Jr. Reston
will be at SMU to discuss his new book, The Accidental Victim, JFK,
Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas.
Reston theorizes Oswald
carried an obsessive grudge against Connally after the governor,
then-Secretary of the Navy, refused to schedule a hearing for Oswald
related to his dishonorable military discharge. In addition, Marina
Oswald provided testimony that Connally was her husband’s target.
Reston’s book produces evidence that Lee Harvey and Marina Oswald
greatly admired the Kennedys.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
JFK Assassination Changed
North Texas Media
Sammons Media Ethics
Lecture featuring Hugh Aynesworth
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Caruth Auditorium,
Owen Arts Center
Registration/RSVP: Reservations (required) and
information at 214-768-ARTS.
Iconic Dallas journalist
Aynesworth will introduce and moderate a panel discussion. Aynesworth
covered the assassination and its aftermath as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News
and has written several books, including the forthcoming November 22, 1963: Witness to
Friday, Oct. 11
The Work of the Warren Commission, Half a Century On: Its Methods, Successes & Questions
Time: 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee
3300 Dyer St., on the SMU campus.
program will feature a panel of former Warren Commission staff members:
- Howard P. Willens, Warren Commission assistant counsel
- Judge Burt W. Griffin, Warren Commission assistant counsel
- Professor W. David Slawson, Warren Commission assistant counsel
- Justice Richard M. Mosk, Warren Commission staff member
- Justice Stuart R. Pollak, Warren Commission staff member
Vogelson, a law clerk who worked on the commission’s report in its final
group will discuss the Warren Commission’s work through the lens of
Willens’ book, “History Will Prove Us Right,” due to be published
size of this gathering of former Warren Commission staff members is
unprecedented. A group of academic experts will join the group for a
separate discussion. Moderator for the event will be Sarah R. Saldana,
SMU Law ’84, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Organized by Dedman School of Law Professor William Bridge, the program
is presented by the Tower Center Working Group on Remembrance and
Commemoration: the Life and Legacy of JFK.
Thursday, Oct. 24
A Look at the Oswald
Photo at 50
Location: O'Donnell Auditorium, Owen Arts Center
panel discussion of the iconic photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee
Harvey Oswald featuring Hugh Aynesworth, Dallas-Fort Worth media
authority on the JFK assassination; Bob Jackson, the former SMU student
who took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph; and Jim Leavelle, a
former Dallas homicide detective who was escorting Oswald at the time he
was shot. Carolyn Barta, SMU’s Meadows Foundation Distinguished
Teaching Professor, will moderate the session.
Feb. 18 – 19, 2014
The Presidents and
Time: The program begins the
evening of Feb. 18 with a focus on John Kennedy, while the all-day
seminar on Feb. 19 will examine Kennedy and 12 other presidents.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and SMU Crum Auditorium
Registration/RSVP: Details on registration will be posted to
Presented by SMU’s Center
for Presidential History, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public
Responsibility, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, George
W. Bush Library and Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
The symposium is a two-day examination of the effect of
three types of crises in the lives of sitting presidents – illness,
personal matters made public, and a death in the family. The program
will seek to answer what
happens to a
president and his administration when that president suffers a personal
crisis. Does the crisis result in policy change, or an identifiable
change in historical moments?
Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, 2014
Location: Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza
Richard Reeves,Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for
Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California,
will discuss the traumatic events at play in John Kennedy’s life during
his tenure as president – Addison’s Disease, the death of his infant
son, and extramarital indiscretions. An author and syndicated columnist
who has made a number of award-winning documentary films, Reeve’s latest
book is Portrait of
Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House (Abrams,
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Location: SMU Crum Auditorium
daylong event will examine the impact of personal crises on Kennedy and
12 other U.S. presidents. Broken into three segments, the program will
feature distinguished scholars from across the United States.
Topic: Personal Crises and Public Responsibility
- A comparison of John Tyler and Gerald Ford: Mark
Updegrove, presidential historian, author of Baptism by Fire:
Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (Thomas
Dunne Books, 2009)
- Bill Clinton: William Chafe, co-director of Duke
University’s Program on History, Public Policy and Social Change.
- Andrew Jackson: Dan Feller, director of The Papers
of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee.
- Lyndon Johnson. Randall Woods, Distinguished
Professor, John A. Cooper Professor of History, University of Arkansas.
Topic: Loss in the Family
- Calvin Coolidge: Amity Shlaes, syndicated
columnist, director of the Four Percent Growth Project at the George W.
Bush Institute, author of Coolidge (Harper Collins, 2013).
- Franklin Pierce: Michael Holt, emeritus professor
history at University of Virginia, author of Franklin Pierce
(Times Books, 2010).
- John Kennedy: David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger,
Jr. professor of History at City University of New York City University
of New York, award-winning author.
- Abraham Lincoln: Michael Burlingame, Chancellor
Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University
Topic: Presidential Illness
- Woodrow Wilson: Tom Knock, associate professor at
SMU’s Clements Department of History, author of To End All Wars:
Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order (Princeton
University Press, 1992).
- Richard Nixon: Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Chair for
Leadership in Global Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the
University of Texas, author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century
- Ronald Reagan: Kiron Skinner, associate professor
of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, co-author
of multiple books on the 40th president, including Reagan:
A Life in Letters (The Free Press, 2001).
- Franklin Roosevelt: Frank Costigliola, professor
of history at the University of Connecticut, author of Roosevelt’s Lost
Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War (Princeton
University Press, 2013).