The Presidents and Their Crises

Event- February 18-19

Time: The program begins the evening of Feb. 18 with a focus on John Kennedy, while the all-day seminar on Feb. 19 will examine Kennedy and 12 other presidents.
 Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and SMU Crum Auditorium
Registration/RSVP: Details on registration and the events can be found at

The symposium is a two-day examination of the effect of three types of crises in the lives of sitting presidents – illness, personal matters made public, and a death in the family. The program will seek to answer what happens to a president and his administration when that president suffers a personal crisis. Does the crisis result in policy change, or an identifiable change in historical moments?

The symposium is presented by SMU’s Center for Presidential History, Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, George W. Bush Library and Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Katherine Nickles


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