Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM
The event will explore how Dallas was affected from four perspectives: Journalism (led by Jim Lehrer), Art & Humanities (led by National Book Award winner Nikky Finney), Politics (led by public intellectual Stephen Carter and Mayor Mike Rawlings) and Religion (led by Peabody Award-winning writer and commentator Richard Rodriguez). Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright will take part in a lunch program with Lehrer.
The agenda for the symposium will follow this format:
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.
Explore how the assassination of JFK impacted the city of Dallas from four perspectives: Journalism, Politics, Arts & the Humanities and Religion.
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) and Bill Minutaglio (University of Texas, Austin)
Politics: Keynote: Stephen Carter. Moderator: Dr. Randy Gordon. Panelists: Mayor 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: Dan 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).
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The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization with a 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders. Created in 1980, The Dallas Institute is a center for creative and intellectual exchange, providing enriching programs for the public that are grounded in the wisdom of the humanities, laying the foundation for Dallas to realize its full potential for cultural excellence. The Dallas Institute is located at 2719 Routh St., Dallas, Texas 75201. For information, call (214) 871-2440, or visit www.DallasInstitute.org