JFK, History and the Politics of Memory


Featuring Edward T. Linenthal and Timothy Naftali
Moderated by Jeffrey A. Engel
February 19, 2013 | 7 pm

As we change, so do our memories.The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination presents an opportunity to reflect upon how communities understand milestones, the changing nature of history, and our own recollections. How have politics shaped our collective memory about this crucial 20th century event?  How has our thinking about the tragedy been shaped by the media, ongoing investigations and the passage of time?  What does this process tell us about what we choose to remember, what we forget, and what we ultimately memorialize?  

Join Edward T. Linenthal, Timothy Naftali and Jeffrey A. Engel—three pre-eminent historians of American history—for a conversation exploring the role that the politics of memory plays in understanding the past.

Tickets are $25 per person. A combination ticket that provides access to the program and the Museum’s exhibit is $35. The Museum will be open until 7 p.m. on the day of the program; last entry is at 5:30 p.m. Museum admission with a combination ticket is only valid on Feb. 19, 2013. Advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Purchase tickets online by February 17, 2013. For more information, call 214.747.6660 ext. 5520.

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Edward T. Linenthal is Professor of History at University of Indiana Bloomington and Editor of the Journal of American History.  He has written several books on the role of memory and commemoration and the effect of public discourse at sites such as Little Big Horn, Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor.  His most recent book examined the impact of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the way that community memorialized the tragedy and continues to grieve and heal.

Timothy Naftali is a Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation's National Security Studies program.  Prior to that appointment he served as Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and as Director of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.  He has written widely about the Cold War in the 1960s, and is currently completing a book about the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Jeffrey A. Engel is founding Director of Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History and a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.  He has published widely on the Cold War, the Gulf War and national security.  He is currently writing a history of George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.

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