Conference to Highlight 40th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination

The 40th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” will be the topic of a Southeast Missouri Historical Conference planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in the University Center Ballroom on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Conference speakers will be Dr. J. Christopher Schnell, Southeast professor of history, who will discuss “Forty Years of Conflicting Interpretations of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: 1963-2003;” Patrick Huber of the University of Missouri-Rolla, who will speak on “Father Oscar Huber and the Assassination of President Kennedy;” and Steve Richardet of Cape Girardeau Central High School, who will speak on “The Strange Case of Lee Harvey Oswald.”

The conference will feature the showing of a film from Dallas in 1963, Kennedy clips and a brief lecture by Schnell on the significance of the Kennedy presidency. Patrick Huber will discuss the work of his cousin, the Rev. Oscar Huber, who administered the last rights to Kennedy.

Schnell said the “conference that will celebrate the life of John F. Kennedy, not just the death. It will also raise some questions,” he said. “When John F. Kennedy died, a certain patriotic love of government died. We’ve never really recaptured that.”

Over the years, hundreds of Kennedy assassination Web sites have been developed, he said, and thousands of people with interests in politics and forensic science still are fascinated by the event.

The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is sponsoring the event.