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JFK: A Vision for America with Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley

May 16, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

| $40 - $125

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.


May 16, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$40 - $125


The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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(214) 747-6660