Past 2017 Programs
January 24, 2017
Join us for a teacher workshop on the opening day of our new exhibit, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, with special guest presenters Jenny Sweeney from National Archives Fort Worth and Sharon Brannon from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This professional development opportunity will provide educators of grades 5-12 with new ways to connect with the first 10 amendments of the Constitution and engaging activities related to the Bill of Rights that can be utilized in the classroom the next day.
February 20, 2017
Join us in celebrating the 28th anniversary of The Sixth Floor Museum on Presidents Day with a special program featuring constitutional law expert Professor Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Bloom will examine the creation of the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on the First Amendment in conjunction with the temporary exhibition “Amending America,” on display through March 16. A reception will follow the program. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, as well as administrative editor of the Michigan Law Review, Professor Bloom was law clerk to Chief Justice John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He later was associated with the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. A specialist in constitutional law, he has published articles concerning freedom of speech and the rhetoric of Supreme Court opinions. The Oxford University Press has published Professor Bloom’s book Do Great Cases Make Bad Law? (2014), as well as his previous book Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution (2009). Professor Bloom is also active in the field of copyright.
March 26, 2017
Evidence from a recent crime + New technology applied to a cold case = Two crimes to solve! Do you have what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator? Test your sleuthing skills alone or in teams at our 11th Annual CSI Family Day on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Study the crime scenes and analyze clues left behind using UV fluorescence as well as burn pattern, blood spatter and glass breakage analyses to crack the case on two mock crimes and determine how they are connected. This family-friendly program is recommended for detectives ages 8+ and is offered in partnership with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Program. $5 with Museum admission. Group rates available. Reserve your tickets now and put your STEM skills to work!
April 11, 2017
Recognizing continued global interest in the Kennedy assassination, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is pleased to explore a wide variety of personal perspectives and present ongoing research and scholarship in an open forum for conversation and engagement. On April 11, join us for an engaging program “A Case for Conspiracy” featuring renowned forensic pathologist, consultant and author Dr. Cyril H. Wecht. In this two-part presentation, Stephen Fagin, Curator at The Sixth Floor Museum, will lead Dr. Wecht in conversation on his remarkable career and longtime interest in the assassination. Wecht will then deliver a multimedia lecture on key areas of the Warren Commission’s 1964 investigation, including President Kennedy’s autopsy and the controversial single bullet theory. Dr. Wecht began researching the Kennedy assassination when he was invited to speak before the 1965 meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. More than half a century later, Wecht continues to lecture and give media interviews on the assassination. As a distinguished elder statesman of the assassination research community and current chairman of the Citizens Against Political Assassinations organization, Wecht remains an outspoken critic of the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. About Dr. Wecht Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. is a certified forensic pathologist, medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author and lecturer. A Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the National Association of Medical Examiners, Wecht served as elected Coroner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, from 1970-80 and 1996-2006. A clinical and adjunct professor at multiple universities, he is chairman of the advisory board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Wecht has conducted seminars in more than fifty countries and personally performed approximately 20,000 autopsies. In addition to his work on the assassinations of President Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wecht has commented and/or consulted on a number of high-profile cases including those involving O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Elvis Presley, Vincent Foster, Kurt Cobain and many others. The first civilian ever given access to Kennedy assassination evidence at the National Archives, Wecht later served on the forensic pathology panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. In 1991, he was a consultant to filmmaker Oliver Stone during the production of JFK. Reserve tickets here
As the youngest elected president in the history of the United States, President John F. Kennedy embodied the qualities of vigor, vision and new opportunities for all Americans. This year, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. In honor of President Kennedy’s centennial, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is pleased to invite you to join the president’s nephew Stephen Kennedy Smith, noted historian Douglas Brinkley and acclaimed journalist Rena Pederson for a very exclusive event on Tuesday, May 16. Brinkley and Kennedy Smith, the eldest son of President Kennedy’s only surviving sibling Jean Kennedy Smith, will make a special trip to Dallas to discuss JFK: A Vision For America, their compilation of John F. Kennedy’s greatest speeches. This comprehensive reflection on President Kennedy’s life and legacy includes the president’s hand-written notes, hundreds of rarely seen photos and commentary by America’s top historians, leading political thinkers and preeminent writers and artists, including the Dalai Lama, Robert Dallek, David McCullough, Senator John McCain, Senator Elizabeth Warren and many others. As relevant today as ever, President Kennedy’s thoughts and initiatives on civil rights, space exploration, the environment, immigration and relations with Cuba demonstrate his lasting influence as an outstanding American leader and orator. 6 p.m. – Reception – Mix and mingle with Stephen Kennedy Smith, Douglas Brinkley and Rena Pederson. 7 p.m. – Program 8 p.m. – Book signing $125 ticket includes reception, program and book. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by Creative Cuisine. $40 ticket is for program only. The book can be purchased at the event, with book signing immediately following the program. About Stephen Kennedy Smith Stephen Kennedy Smith is a lecturer at the Sloan School of Management as well as a fellow at the Connection Science Group at MIT. He received his BA from Harvard University, JD from Columbia University, and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has served on the staff of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees and is a three-time recipient of the Danforth Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard University, where he taught at Harvard Law School. He continues to be active in Democratic politics and lives in New York City. About Douglas Brinkley Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Cronkite, which won the Sperber Prize for best book in journalism, and The Great Deluge, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations, and lives in Austin, Texas. About Rena Pederson Rena Pederson is a nationally recognized journalist and author who has interviewed Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Julia Child, Jane Goodall and U.S. presidents from Carter to Clinton to Bush. She has been interviewed herself on the Oprah Winfrey television show and profiled on PBS for a documentary on women in the news business. Texas Monthly once called her “one of the most powerful women in Texas.” Her award-winning work as an editorial page editor led to her selection as a member of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize board for nine years. She then served as a speechwriter at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. She is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and public radio, and lives in Dallas.
This workshop includes primary source activities and guest speakers to put into context the struggle for equal rights for all people from 1776 through today, and looking onward as students grow to become active citizens. Teachers will broaden their own content knowledge and develop primary source-based lesson plans that demonstrate the significance and relevance of historic civil rights milestones. Special Guest Speakers: Julie L. Hershenberg, J.D., M.A., M.P.T., Professor of Political Science, Collin College Ernest McMillan, Civil Rights Activist Stephen Fagin, Curator and Oral Historian, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Zac Harmon, Executive Director, Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture Workshop Facilitators: Ani Simmons, Education Programs Coordinator, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Jenny Sweeney, Education Specialist, National Archives at Fort Worth Who: 5th–12th grade educators Credits: TEKS-aligned workshop, with 6 hours of CPE credits