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Kennedy Legacy event set Nov. 5-7

Registration is open and space is limited for "The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later," a three-day event Nov. 5-7, hosted by The Dakota Institute of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Bismarck State College and the State Historical Society of North Dakota on the BSC campus. The symposium explores the life, career, politics, vision, character and legacy of John F. Kennedy 50 years after his death.

Washburn, N.D.-native Clint Hill will be the keynote speaker and will be joined by Harrison Hagan "Jack" Schmitt, former U.S. senator, as well as several other nationally-known Kennedy scholars and historians.

Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to first lady Jackie Kennedy, and the man who leapt onto the back of the presidential limousine in the midst of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A geologist, Schmitt is the only civilian to have walked on the moon, and one of nine surviving moon astronauts.

They will be joined by a line-up of nationally known Kennedy scholars and historians including author and Pulitzer Prize-finalist H.W. Brands and Cold War expert Lawrence Freedman.

In addition to the speakers, panels and presentations, the JFK symposium features a Bismarck-Mandan Symphony performance that includes the world premiere of an original work by internationally-acclaimed composer Adolphus Hailstork. Commissioned by the JFK Symposium partners, the work is for orchestra, children's chorus and soprano setting the texts of some of President John F. Kennedy's most famous speeches on the subject of peace.

Leading up to the event, a free JFK Friday Film Festival is being held at the Russell Reid Auditorium in the State Museum of the North Dakota Heritage Center. The film series brings five classic films to the big screen over five Fridays, beginning with a 15-minute talk exploring the movie topic and relating it to Kennedy and North Dakota.

The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later is the third symposium presented by BSC and its humanities partners in a shared desire to bring history alive, make historical moments relevant to this generation, and to help the community gain a greater understanding of its common humanity.

Registration for the full three-day event, all activities and meals is $135. For a full agenda and to register, visit