University hosts JFK series to commemorate 50th anniversary
A series of talks and presentations titled “The Shots Heard ’Round: The JFK Assassination, 50 Years Later” will be held at Missouri State University November 18-22.
The series focuses on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the after effects of the event and his presidency as a whole. Those scheduled to speak include presidential scholar Justin Vaughn of Boise State University and Professor Emeritus of History Jim Giglio of Missouri State.
“I envision the week as an opportunity for the MSU and Springfield communities to pause and reflect on the tragedy and perhaps pick up a few new insights along the way,” said Dr. Brian Calfano, professor of political science.
The series will include:
Dr. Justin Vaughn from Boise State University will present “I am the Responsible Officer of the Government”: JFK & Ideological Responsiveness in American Politics. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Meyer Library 101.
The Curators from the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas will present Conflicting Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination. The presentation will be held at the PSU Theater at 9:30 a.m.
The Presidency of John F. Kennedy will be presented by Dr. James Giglio, professor emeritus of history at Missouri State University. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Hill Hall 001.
Reporting the Unthinkable: Media Challenges and Coverage in the Hours after Dallas will be presented by the MSU Press-Politics Panel, which represents the university’s newly minted press-politics certificate program. The talk, which covers the challenges media outlets faced reporting the tragedy and what followed, will be held at 7 p.m. in Carrington Hall 208.
“It Appears as Though Something has Happened in the Motorcade Route!” Remembering Nov. 22, 1963 will be a remembrance of the day’s events as they happened in real time. Audio of President Kennedy’s speech in Fort Worth, news coverage of his motorcade through Dallas, and the first series of news reports of the shooting will be streamed in real time as part of the launch of The U: Missouri State Radio. The presentation will be held at Hill Hall 001 at 11 a.m.
For more information, contact Calfano at (417) 836-8574 or BrianCalfano@MissouriState.edu.
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