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JFK assassination: SMU programs examine history, media, Warren Commission

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President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963. Portrait distributed by the White House. Photographer: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Boston for the image.

SMU is sponsoring a series of programs associated with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza. These events are free and open to the public.

Oct. 11: “The Work of the Warren Commission, Half a Century On: Its Methods, Successes & Questions”

Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer

Registration: Reservations required,

Free and open to the public.

An unprecedented gathering of assistant counsel and staff members who served on the Warren Commission – appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to report on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963 – will discuss their work and findings: Howard Willens, a 32-year-old attorney in the Department of Justice’s criminal division who was asked to assist in the commission’s organization and staffing a week after Kennedy’s assassination;  Burt W. Griffin, a retired Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge who was a Cleveland attorney in 1963; W. David Slawson, Webb Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Southern California, a Denver lawyer 50 years ago; Richard M. Mosk, a justice with the California Court of Appeals, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School in 1963; and Stuart R. Pollak, also a justice with the California Court of Appeals, who worked in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice at the time of the assassination.


Oct 24:  “A Look at the Oswald Photo at 50”

Time: 3-4 p.m.

Location: O’Donnell Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, 6100 Hillcrest

Registration: Free and open to the public, 214-768-2775

A panel discussion of the photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald featuring Hugh Aynesworth, author of the forthcoming November 22, 1963: Witness to History. Bob Jackson, the SMU graduate and Dallas Times Herald  photographer who took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald; Hugh Aynesworth, author of the forthcoming November 22, 1963: Witness to History and Jim Leavelle, former Dallas Police Department homicide detective who was escorting Oswald at the time he was shot. Carolyn Barta, SMU’s Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor, will moderate.

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