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Free Program February 23 at The Sixth Floor Museum;
Panelists Include Directors of LBJ Library & Museum and George W. Bush Presidential Library, Political Science Professors from SMU and the
University of Virginia


November 2010 marks the beginning of the 50th Anniversary Season, a time to commemorate and reflect upon a transformative period in United States history. Landmark events of the era include President Kennedy's election in 1960 and his tragic death in 1963, the rise of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to the nation's highest office and the escalation of the Vietnam War and the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Sixth Floor Museum and SMU's John G. Tower Center for Political Studies will host a panel discussion addressing how Presidents Kennedy and Johnson responded to these landmark moments and how their decisions continue to influence each president's evolving legacy.

The panelists are:

Alan C. Lowe: Mr. Lowe is the Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. He has 14 years of experience working with the National Archives Presidential Libraries system. During his tenure at the National Archives, he helped to oversee twelve Presidential libraries located throughout the nation.

Sidney M. Milkis: Professor Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor in the Department of Politics and Assistant Director for Academic Programs at the Miller of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. In addition to teaching, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and authored numerous books and articles on American government and political history.

Dennis M. Simon, Moderator: Professor Simon is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. His research and teaching interests include the American Presidency, national elections, and the politics of change in the United States.

Mark K. Updegrove: Mr. Updegrove is the Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum and writes extensively about the presidency. He has spent the majority of his career in publishing at Time magazine and Newsweek. Mr. Updegrove is now working on his third book about the presidency, which focuses exclusively on President Johnson.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The program is free but seating reservations are required. Please RSVP to 214.747.6660 x. 6623 or email For more information visit



Molly Fiden
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