DALLAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with The Dallas Morning News has announced that tickets are now on sale for the November 2, 2013, symposium, “Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas” at The South Side Ballroom in Dallas. National keynote speakers Jim Lehrer, Lawrence Wright, Nikky Finney, Stephen Carter, and Richard Rodriguez will join a distinguished line-up of local leaders, including the Hon. Mike Rawlings and the Hon. Kay Bailey Hutchison, for a one-of-a-kind event exploring how President Kennedy’s death affected Dallas from four perspectives: Journalism, Politics, Art & the Humanities, and Religion. Tickets range from $25 - $300.
“Understanding Tragedy: The Impact of the JFK Assassination on Dallas”
Looking towards the symposium, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: “The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture always helps us better understand the impact of important Dallas moments on our lives today. They have created a line-up of extraordinary speakers, and I’m looking forward to all of their insights regarding the 50th anniversary of this tragedy.”
The program format for the day will allow speakers to discuss in increasing depth how the tragedy affected the city and citizens of Dallas. KERA’s Lee Cullum will moderate the Morning Session with the keynotes looking at the assassination from a broad perspective. Broadcasting legend Lehrer will lead the charge on Journalism, public intellectual Carter will discuss Politics, National Book Award-winning poet Finney will focus on Art & Humanities, and Peabody Award-winning journalist Rodriguez will give an insight into Religion. The Dallas Morning News’ Thomas Huang will lead a special lunch program with Lehrer and Pulitzer-Prize winning Lawrence Wright.
The afternoon Focus Forums will drill down deeper into each subject area and invite audience participation with the day culminating in smaller roundtable discussions among speakers, panelists, and audience members.
In describing what to expect from the symposium Bob Mong, editor of The Dallas Morning News, said it will be “moving and momentous.”
Dr. Larry Allums, executive director of the Dallas Institute, added, “We want the audience to experience an opening up, a catharsis.”
Lehrer said, “I can hardly wait to hear the answers—my own as well as those of many others.”