- Posted September 30, 2013 by
Tickets on Sale for National Symposium with Jim Lehrer Marking the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination. What Did Kennedy's Assassination Do to Dallas?
Looking towards the symposium, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: “The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture always helps us better understand the impact of important Dallas moments on our lives today. They have created a line-up of extraordinary speakers, and I’m looking forward to all of their insights regarding the 50th anniversary of this tragedy.”
The program format for the day will allow speakers to discuss in increasing depth how the tragedy affected the city and citizens of Dallas. KERA’s Lee Cullum will moderate the Morning Session with the keynotes looking at the assassination from a broad perspective. Broadcasting legend Lehrer will lead the charge on Journalism, public intellectual Carter will discuss Politics, National Book Award-winning poet Finney will focus on Art & Humanities, and Peabody Award-winning journalist Rodriguez will give an insight into Religion. The Dallas Morning News’ Thomas Huang will lead a special lunch program with Lehrer and Pulitzer-Prize winning Lawrence Wright.
The afternoon Focus Forums will drill down deeper into each subject area and invite audience participation with the day culminating in smaller roundtable discussions among speakers, panelists, and audience members.
In describing what to expect from the symposium Bob Mong, editor of The Dallas Morning News said it will be “moving and momentous.”
Dr. Larry Allums, executive director of the Dallas Institute, added, “We want the audience to experience an opening up, a catharsis.”
Lehrer said, “I can hardly wait to hear the answers—my own as well as those of many others.”
To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.dallasinstitute.org, www.jfk50.com or call 214.871.2440.
Symposium Itinerary and Full Line-Up of Panelists
10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m - Morning Session
Journalist Lee Cullum will moderate a 45-minute discussion with the keynote speakers on how not only Dallas but the world was affected by this tragedy. The remaining 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 present his personal recollection of the assassination, after which The Morning News’ Thomas Huang will facilitate a conversation between Wright and Jim Lehrer. A boxed lunch will be provided and is included in the ticket price.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m: Focus Forums
All-day and Focus Forum ticket holders will gather in separate rooms with the keynote speakers and panelists to drill down into each of the four focus areas:
Journalism: 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)
Politics: Keynote: Stephen Carter. Moderator: Dr. Randy Gordon
Panelists: Hon. Kay B. Hutchison; Hon. Mike Rawlings; Margaret Spellings (CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center)
Art & the Humanities: Keynote: Nikky Finney. Moderator: Krys Boyd
Panelists: Dr. Gail Thomas (CEO, The Trinity Trust); Will Power (SMU, Dallas Theater Center); Dr. Fred Turner (UT-Dallas, Nobel Prize Nominated Writer and Poet)
Religion: 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), Katie Sherrod (Fort Worth author, producer and commentator), and Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie (SMU’s Perkins School of Theology).
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m: Roundtables
For all-day ticket holders only – an exclusive opportunity to watch the speakers and panelists delve even deeper into their subject areas
4:30 p.m: Conclusion and Reception
Available only to all-day ticket holders and sponsors