Symposium on JFK set for Saturday in Dallas


Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that affected Dallas and the entire nation. On Saturday, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, along with its program partners, will present a daylong symposium, “Understanding Tragedy: the Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas.” 

National and local leaders and experts will come together to explore the topic with Dallas citizens from four perspectives: journalism; politics; art and the humanities; and religion.

Headlining the event for Journalism will be legendary broadcaster Jim Lehrer; for Politics, author and public intellectual Stephen Carter (named by Time Magazine as one of 50 leaders of the next century); for Art & the Humanities, National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney; and for Religion, Peabody Award-winning journalist and revered writer Richard Rodriguez. 

Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter, playwright and journalist Lawrence Wright will participate in a special lunch program with Jim Lehrer and Dallas Morning News Sunday, and Enterprise editor Thomas Huang focusing on his personal experience of the assassination. 

Sessions start at 10 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. at the Southside Ballroom, 1125 S. Lamar

Tickets are $25 – $300. For  tickets or an itinerary, go to The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture website at