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The Kennedy Phenomenon: 50 Years after the Assassination

by Brian P. Kelly

Posted: Nov 22, 2013 10:37 AM

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas. In the ensuing decades, his persona and legacy have remained chameleonic with supporters, detractors, and conspiracy theorists all offering different visions of the thirty-fifth president.

On Tuesday, November 19, The New Criterion hosted “The Kennedy Phenomenon,” a conference reconsidering the Kennedy White House, his portrayal in history, his political legacy, and more. Roger Kimball, Peter Collier, Fred Siegel, James Piereson, Ira Stoll, and Edward Jay Epstein all presented papers. We are pleased to offer recordings of the complete conference, including Q&A, below. These talks are also available for download on our Webcasts page.

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