Held on Saturday, November 2nd, at the South Side Ballroom.
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, presented a daylong symposium for the city, "Understanding Tragedy: the Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas." National and local leaders and experts came together to explore the topic with Dallas citizens from four perspectives: Journalism; Politics; Art and the Humanities; and Religion.
Headlining the event for Journalism was legendary broadcaster Jim Lehrer; for Politics was author and public intellectual Stephen Carter (named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 leaders of the next century); for Art & the Humanities was National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney; and for Religion was Peabody Award-winning journalist and revered writer Richard Rodriguez. Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter, playwright and journalist Lawrence Wright participated in a special lunch program with Jim Lehrer and Dallas Morning News Sunday and Enterprise editor Thomas Huang which focused on his personal experience of the assassination. For the day's itinerary click here.
As Jim Lehrer said before the event: "I look forward to being part of a meaningful discussion of what was for me and others the most traumatic outside event of our lives. When President Kennedy died in Dallas those of us who lived here were particularly shaken. What is the state of our shaking now--50 years later? That will be one of the central questions that will be on the table and in the air at the symposium. I can hardly wait to hear the answers--my own as well as those of many others."
C-Span3 will air the Morning and Lunch sessions on November 23rd, at 3:15 PM Eastern Standard Time. More details on C-Span's Website. The Morning and Lunch sessions are also on our YouTube channel and embedded on our Listen & View page.
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); Bill Minutaglio (University of Texas, The Texas Observer)
Keynote: Stephen Carter. Moderator: Dr. Randy Gordon
Panelists: Hon. Mike Rawlings (Mayor of Dallas); Margaret Spellings (CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center)
ART & THE HUMANITIES
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)