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All daytime events for The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later will be livestreamed here beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

JFK Conversation at Bismarck State College

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He served for just 1,036 days before he was struck down by an assassin or assassins in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. This November marks the fiftieth anniversary of that fateful day.


Many historians believe that it was one of the pivotal moments of the twentieth century in America.  An age of comparative innocence ended in a hail of bullets, and a harder, darker era commenced that would play itself out in the jungles of Vietnam, in widespread campus and street unrest in the United States, some of it related to the war and some of it related to poverty and race relations in the United States, in the killings in 1968 of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and in the Watergate scandals.


Our purpose is to explore the life, career, politics, vision, character, and legacy of John F. Kennedy. We will spend part of a day discussing the assassination in a careful and rigorous way, but the focus of the public humanities symposium will be on Kennedy’s achievement and his legacy.


Clint J. Hill will deliver the keynote lecture on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at the National Energy Center of Excellence on the campus of Bismarck State College. He will also speak on Wednesday, November 6, about his new book of photographs of the Kennedy White House years. Hill, who was born in Washburn, ND, in 1932, was Mrs. Kennedy’s principal secret service agent. He was also the man who jumped on the back of the presidential limousine to protect Mrs. Kennedy when she climbed out of her seat just after the fatal shot was fired.

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