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Sept. 13: Symposium marks 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

Friday, September 13, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will be held Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Noted experts and a panel of authorities in the field will present some of the most recent as well as future avenues of research about one of the most highly investigated and controversial events in American history.

Phillip F. Nelson will will lead off the symposium at 9 a.m. with a talk entitled Revelations from The Lone Ranger—Texas Ranger Capt. Clint Peoples. He will discuss research from his most recent book, LBJ: From Mastermind to the Colossus.

Douglas Horne, former chief analyst for military records for the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, will will follow at 10:15 with a presentation, Altered History: Deceit and Deception in the JFK Medical Evidence.

At 1 p.m., Gerald McKnight, professor emeritus of history at Hood College and nationally recognized expert on the Kennedy assassination, will present The Last 45 Hours of Lee Harvey Oswald's Life. He is the author of Breach of Trust, the First History of the Warren Commission, which was established by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination. He is also co-director of the Weisberg Archive, the world's largest accessible private collection of government documents and public records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. The materials were a gift to the College from the late Harold Weisberg, a noted critic and commentator on the investigation into the assassination.

David Wrone, professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, will present a talk entitled Politics, Corruption and the Warren Commission Investigation at 2:15 p.m. He is the author of The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A Comprehensive Historical and Legal Bibliography, 1963-1979 and The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK’s Assassination.

The concluding event,  a panel discussion entitled Issues for Future Research, will feature all four speakers. It is scheduled for 4 p.m. 

The symposium, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Hood's departments of history and political science, and the College's Beneficial-Hodson library.

For more information, contact Leonard Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history and international studies and chair of the history department, at 301-696-3722 or