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John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, and Legacy
An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of North Dakota
Call for Papers
September 25 - 27, 2008
Deadline for abstracts: March 31, 2008
President John F. Kennedy visited Grand Forks, North Dakota on September 25, 1963. He toured
the city, greeted its citizens, and spoke at the University of North Dakota, talking about issues
that are still vital today. He spoke out for conserving natural resources and protecting the
environment. He argued for economic development and addressed the struggle between
democracy and totalitarianism. He also emphasized the importance of education and public
service. The University granted Kennedy an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Tragically, less
than two months later, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated in Dallas.
The University of North Dakota will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference relating to the life
and times of John F. Kennedy from September 25 to 27, 2008, in Grand Forks, ND.
We invite proposals for papers that address issues of the "Kennedy years." Topic areas of
particular interest for proposals would include, but not need to be limited to, the following:
* Civil Rights, Human Rights, Peace Corps
* Space Exploration
* Cold War, Nuclear Arms, and Arms Control
* Crises: Berlin, Cuba, and Viet Nam
* Women's Rights, Jacqueline Kennedy
* Mass Media and National/Presidential Politics
* Conservation and Environmental Protection
* The Spirit of Public Service
* Film and Literary Representations
Keynote speakers and scholarly panels will examine these topics through various academic
lenses, including history, literature, political science, economics, film, philosophy, law, and the
sciences. The conference anticipates publishing a volume of the proceedings.
The conference plans a series of evening plenary sessions, each of them addressed by a notable
figure. John F. Kennedy's speechwriter, Theodore Sorensen and U. S. District Court Judge John R.
Tunheim, former Chair of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, have both
accepted an invitation to be a keynote speaker for the conference.
Please send abstracts of 200-250 words for individual papers or 800-1000 words for panel
sessions to jfkconference_at_und.nodak.edu by March 31, 2008.
Proposals should be submitted by e-mail, with the proposal in the message text (do not send
Please include the following in your submission:
Short Biography (200-250 words)
Title of Paper
Abstract (200-250 words)
If you are interested in serving as a chair and/or discussant of a panel session, please contact
Professor Kate Scheurer, at jfkconference_at_und.nodak.edu.
For more information regarding "John F. Kennedy, History, Memory, and Legacy," please contact
Professor Gregory S. Gordon, Conference Chair, at jfkconference_at_und.nodak.edu.
For more information about the John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, and Legacy - An
Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of North Dakota, please visit our website at:
Note: All participants in the program are required to preregister for the conference.
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