JFK Symposium For Dallas: Understanding Tragedy: the Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas

Tickets: $25 – $300


November 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that affected Dallas and the entire nation for decades to come. On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, along with its program partners, will present a daylong symposium for the city, “Understanding Tragedy: the Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas.” National and local leaders and experts will come together to explore the topic with Dallas citizens from four perspectives: Journalism; Politics; Art and the Humanities; and Religion.

Headlining the event for Journalism will be legendary broadcaster Jim Lehrer; for Politics will be author and public intellectual Stephen Carter (named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 leaders of the next century); for Art & the Humanities will be National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney; and for Religion will be Peabody Award-winning journalist and revered writer Richard Rodriguez. Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter, playwright and journalist Lawrence Wright will participate in a special lunch program with Jim Lehrer and Dallas Morning News Sunday and Enterprise editor Thomas Huang which will focus on his personal experience of the assassination.

Panels and Panelists

Keynote: Jim Lehrer. Moderator: George Getschow (Mayborn School of Journalism)
Panelists: Lee Cullum (KERA); Hugh Aynesworth (The Dallas Morning News); Michael Granberry (The Dallas Morning News)

Keynote: Stephen Carter. Moderator: Dr. Randy Gordon
Panelists: Hon. Mike Rawlings (Mayor of Dallas); Hon. Rafael Anchia (State Representative District 103); Margaret Spellings (CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center)

Keynote: Nikky Finney. Moderator: Krys Boyd (KERA)
Panelists: Dr. Gail Thomas (CEO, The Trinity Trust); Will Power (SMU, Dallas Theater Center); Dr. Fred Turner (Nobel Prize Nominated Writer and Poet)

Keynote: Richard Rodriguez. Moderator: Dr. Daniel Russ (Gordon College)
Panelists: Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes (St. Luke Community United Methodist Church), Fr. Rudy Garcia (Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe), Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie (Perkins School of Theology), Katie Sherrod (Fort Worth author, producer and commentator)

Overview of the Day

10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m – Morning Session: Guests will have the opportunity to watch journalist Lee Cullum moderate a 45-minute discussion with the keynote speakers on how not only Dallas but the world was affected by this tragedy. The remaining 12 panelists will then join the conversation in a lively seminar style setting.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m – Lunch program: Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright, a Dallas high school student in 1963, will speak about his personal recollection of the assassination. Jim Lehrer will then join him as Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor of the Dallas Morning News moderates their conversation. Boxed lunch included with your ticket purchase.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m: Focus Forums: Choose one of four perspectives: Journalism, Politics, Arts & the Humanities and Religion. The keynote speaker and panelists from each will drill down into each topic.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m: Roundtable Discussions: All-day ticket holders will be the only audience members who will be able to sit at the table and participate in the intimate roundtable discussions with the keynote speakers and panelists.

4:30 p.m: Conclusion and Reception: *Available ONLY to all-day ticket holders and sponsors.

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