HISTORY SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSES J.F.K. ASSASSINATION
Alex Byrd Staff Writer
Fifty years later, the assassination of John F. Kennedy still remains to be one of the most unfortunate stains on American history. However, with tragedy comes information and 20/20 hindsight.
“I have been in the past and I feel that symposium is important because it focuses on just
history,” history department assistant Donna Morgan said. “It’s interesting to
find out about all of the historians that aren’t that far away.” Texas
The crowd often depends on the overall subject. The historic hanging in
, Texans and
the Gainesville Red River, Native Americans enduring
frontiers and reconstruction are just some of the topics of discussion for the
past seven years. Texas
“One of the most pivotal topics centered on reconstruction,” said Richard McCaslin, history professor and department chair. “The year that Bob Ray Sanders came, I learned that in celebration of June tenth in
, black people would go to the zoo in the morning
and pool in the afternoon as a tradition because it was the only legal time
they could go every year.” Fort
The guest speakers are usually the biggest draw to the symposiums every year. This year, Dr. James Giglio, author of “My Odyssey with John F. Kennedy,” and James Leavelle, author of “Just Doing My Job: JFK & Lee Harvey Oswald,” will both be speaking about their expertise on the subject of the 35th president.
“This event is open to the public and Old Red Museum, Texas State Historical Association, Fort Worth Regional Archive, Portal to Texas History will all present at the event with booths and information all day,” said Marie Watkins, department of history event coordinator.
From to , Leavelle, a former
homicide detective, will speak to the
public about his novel and what it was like to be the first to question the
then-suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Dallas
“I’m looking forward to seeing Leavelle,” McCaslin said.
Pearl Harbor survivor,
was handcuffed to Oswald when the nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, shot him while
leaving the Dallas Police Headquarters. He is coming ready to autograph the
infamous, Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey
Oswald for a fee of $10 after his discussion, and all of the proceeds will be
presented to the Dallas Police Department.
“Gus Seligmann and Donald Chipman helped get this idea off the ground,” McCaslin said. “For a long time, the history department had two focal points –
history. Military history had a symposium, and seven years ago we added Texas
history to the list.” Texas