CFP: [Cultural-Historical] John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, and Legacy, An Interdisciplinary Conference

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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. Less than two
months later, he was dead.

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. Please make
plans to attend and encourage others to join us!

We invite proposals for papers that address issues of the ââ'¬Å"Kennedy years.ââ'¬Â 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. U. S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim, former Chair of the John F. Kennedy
Assassination Records Review Board, has accepted an invitation to speak. We have extended
invitations to:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Theodore Sorenson
John Shattuck
Richard Reeves
David Talbot
Robert MacNamara
Don DeLillo
John Glenn
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Vincent Bugliosi
A film festival, with related discussions, will accompany the conference. The festival will feature
movies covering the president's life such as PT109, Thirteen Days, and JFK, as well as topical
period films such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hustler, Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Raisin in the
Sun, and Lilies of the Field. In addition, the conference will make available to the public an
archival presentation of Kennedy era documents, artifacts, audio-visual, and materials.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words for individual papers or 800-1000 words for panel
sessions to 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:

Individual Papers:


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

For more information regarding "John F. Kennedy, History, Memory, and Legacy," please contact
Professor Gregory S. Gordon, Conference Chair, at

Note: All participants in the program are required to preregister for the conference.

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