Reporters and researchers from around the world have visited SMU this year as Dallas prepares for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. They’ve worked with faculty experts; examined archived speeches, sermons and letters to Dallas Mayor Earl Cabell from the days surrounding the assassination; and visited an undergraduate class exploring the life, times and legend of JFK.
Learn more about the scholarly analysis, one-of-a kind archival material and citywide leadership SMU is providing as the world gathers to remember that tragic day in Dealey Plaza. See video clips and news stories featuring SMU experts at University’s microsite, The JFK Assassination.
University staff members can learn more about everything from consumer rights in identity-theft cases to the new Residential Commons during SMU Staff DayThursday, Oct. 31 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.
Pony up for PINK: SMU Relay for Life invites you to stop by their table to learn more about becoming involved with the program and to enjoy refreshing PINK lemonade. They will be at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center West Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Don’t forget to wear your favorite pink attire!
Cops and robbers, Egyptian style: John F. Bauschatz, assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona, will give a museum lecture on “Police Work in Ptolemaic Egypt” at SMU on Thursday, Oct. 24. Bauschatz will speak on police officials in Egypt circa 330-30 B.C.E. and how documentary papyri evidence suggests that “a multifaceted police system existed and thrived in at least one region of the ancient Mediterranean, and suggests that possibility of parallels in others.” The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob & Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.
The Oswald Photo at 50: Fifty years after the assassination of JFK, an SMU event will examine a photograph of the man behind it all, Lee Harvey Oswald. On Thursday, Oct. 24, a panel will discuss the now famous photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald (Kennedy’s assassin) being shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
The panel includes the photographer, former SMU student Bob Jackson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo; noted JFK assassination authority Hugh Aynesworth; and the Dallas detective who was escorting Oswald, Jim Leavelle. SMU Journalism Professor of Practice Carolyn Barta will moderate the panel, which begins at 3 p.m. in 2130 O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.
A perfect union:Dolley Madison, spouse of James Madison, is remembered for the impact she had while living in the White House – especially her keen understanding of both the social and political workings of Washington. SMU will host a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 10, focusing on Dolley and her role in the construction of a new political society and democratic ruling style. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. Please contact Brian Franklin for more information.
The accidental victim:Friends of the SMU Libraries will host James Reston Jr. for a lecture and book signing on his new work, The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in DallasTuesday, Sept. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Reston, who was David Frost’s Watergate advisor from 1976-77 and has written 15 books, presents the theory that Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target of the JFK shooting. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to Cynthia Ruppi or call 214-768-3225. Watch “TheToday Show” on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a special feature on Reston.
Visiting artist: Uruguayan multimedia artist Alejandro Cesarco will present a Visiting Artist Lecture at SMU Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cesarco’s work explores how we comprehend and frame narrative by using repetition and memory across numerous media. Cesarco was born in Uruguay and represented the country in the 2011 Venice Biennale and was the 2011 winner of the Baloise Art Prize. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room B600, Owen Arts Center.
Honest Abe: The Hon. Frank Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is known for his knowledge and collection of Abraham Lincoln information and materials. He will speak on Lincoln’s unique approaches to our nation’s issues, especially his openness to reevaluation and change, in “Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in DeGolyer Library.
MWE: The annual Meadows Wind Ensemble classics concert celebrates the 75th birthday of a Dallas pioneer Friday, Sept. 13. To honor the late Howard Dunn (pictured left) – the second conductor of the MWE and founder of Dallas Wind Symphony – the Wind Ensemble will perform works from Paul Dukas, Richard Strauss and more. The concert takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.
Friday’s concert marks the first event in the Meadows School’s new Community Concert Series, which will showcase SMU Meadows performers in different Dallas venues throughout the year.
Three preeminent scholars of American history, including an SMU professor, will use Presidents Day and the upcoming 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as a springboard for examining the changing nature of memory.
The program features Edward T. Linenthal, professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington, and Timothy Naftali, senior research fellow with the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies program, both of whom have written extensively on the topic.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination presents a unique opportunity to reflect upon the changing nature of history and how it affects our own recollections and understanding of milestones. How has politics shaped our collective memory about this crucial 20th century event? How has our thinking about the tragedy been shaped by the media, ongoing investigations and the passage of time? What does this process tell us about what we choose to remember, what we forget and what we ultimately memorialize? Together the historians will explore the role that the politics of memory play in understanding the past.
“JFK, History and the Politics of Memory” is the first in a yearlong series of collaborative programs between The Sixth Floor Museum and SMU commemorating the assassination’s anniversary. This is the third consecutive year both have partnered to present a panel discussion surrounding Presidents Day.
Tickets are $25 per person. A combination ticket that provides access to The Sixth Floor Museum on the day of the event is $35. Tickets may be purchased online at www.jfk.org through Sunday, Feb. 17.
Seating is limited. For more information,visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.