Earlier this month, hundreds of people gathered to discuss the impact of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Dallas. "Understanding Tragedy" brought together writers, politicians, journalists, religious leaders, scholars and others. C-SPAN3 is airing a portion of the symposium at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
KERA live-blogged the event. Here are highlights.
“We should dedicate a day to reflection and conservation about a day that changed everything in Dallas and throughout the world,” said Larry Allums, executive director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. “We come together not as experts or as specialists but as fellow citizens and guests from other cities who have pondered his death.”
Attendees included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, PBS journalist Jim Lehrer, poet Nikky Finney, author Lawrence Wright and author Stephen Carter.
The event was presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News. Program partners included KERA and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.