2015 JFK Events

Selected JFK Assassination Memorials, Protests, Other Events

2016

JFK Lancer Productions and Publications2016 November In Dallas Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX. Nov. 20-22, 2016. Celebrating Our 20th Conference: 1996-2016. Details.

  • Friday, Nov. 18: Presentations
  • Saturday, Nov 19: Presentations
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: Free Walking Tours, Remembrance Ceremony

 

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Opera to host five-event JFK symposium, Punch Shaw, Oct. 14, 2015. Discussions precede ‘JFK’ opera premiere. Before audiences see its new work, Fort Worth Opera wants to provide a little context. “We want the opera company to be seen as going forward as a community resource for conversation and dialogue and not just a place where you come to hear pretty music — or, sometimes, disturbing music,” said Darren Woods, general director of Fort Worth Opera, explaining the motivation behind the company’s five-part symposium, “JFK: 5 Decades of Progress.” The series will present panels of experts discussing events and issues of the 1960s in anticipation of JFK, the opera commissioned by Fort Worth Opera and New York’s American Lyric Theater, which will have its world premiere at Bass Hall on April 23, 2016. The recently completed work, which features music by David T. Little and a libretto by Royce Vavrek, focuses on the last night of President Kennedy’s life, which was spent in Fort Worth. The first of the five events, “Space Race: Advances in U.S. Science and Transportation Technology,” will be presented on the University of Texas at Arlington campus Thursday. The series, which will offer events in Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas, concludes with a session devoted to the arts March 24. Most will feature three panelists and a moderator.

2015

October

The first Annual Oswald Conference was in New Orleans at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (airport) Oct. 16-18. This conference is sponsored by the JFK Historical Group, which last year presented evidence in Washington, DC, of corruption in the Warren Commission. Its members include Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the Commission claimed killed President Kennedy. "Lee Oswald," she says, "is New Orleans' native son. Thanks to the books Me & Lee and Dr. Mary's Monkey, support has grown to the point that it could no longer be ignored." The conference begins each day at 9 AM and continues until 11 PM. A birthday party for Lee (he would have been 76) will be held on Oct. 18. "It's a political statement," Baker says. "By holding this birthday party, we are showing how Lee would have been treated if he had not been made into a patsy." Details.

November

JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX. From Nov. 20-22, JFK Lancer holds its annual conference on the assassination and Warren Commission report in Dallas. Speakers include: Moderator Alan Dale, Bill Garnet, Jacque Lueth, Russ Baker, Jacob Carter, Jim DiEugenio, Sherry Fiester, John Hunt, William Law, Jim Jenkins, Dr. David Mantik, Gary Murr, Bill Simpich, Pat Speer, David Talbot, Larry Hancock, Stu Wexler. Details. JFK Lancer (named for the JFK's Secret Service code name "Lancer") is a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway, with the latter its current president. Its description: "We subscribe to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy's assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s."

The third Annual JFK Assassination Conference will be in Dallas at the Crown Plaza Hotel, three blocks from Dealey Plaza, Nov. 20-22, 2015. "New witnesses and highly respected researchers will be presenting the truth about the Kenned assassination," says founder Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald and has been fighting for his exoneration. "At this conference, we do not debate whether Oswald killed Kennedy. Every speaker knows that Lee was a patsy, just as he said. Instead, we look at who had the means, the motives and the opportunity not only to kill Kennedy, but to direct the media for over 50 years to cover it up. The people have always resisted the lie that Oswald shot Kennedy. At this conference, they'll get the truth." Details.

Reopen Kennedy Case  is a 2015 conference Nov. 21-22 at the Mercure in Melbourne. Australia. A major organizer is Greg Parker, author of Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War: Why the Kennedy Assassination Should Be Reinvestigated. He describes the mission of the conference and a related web forum of the same name as follows: "To have the Kennedy assassination reopened by developing new leads and evidence, re-examination of old leads and evidence, the development and encouragement of new ideas and the innovative use of social media. Along the way, we will take this mission seriously -- not ourselves." For details, visit website or email rokcevents (at) reopenkennedycase.org.

 

Selected 2015 JFK Events

October

JFK Historical Group's first Annual Oswald Conference, Oct. 16-18, Crown Plaza Hotel (airport), New Orleans.  Details.

November

JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Nov. 20-22, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX. Details.

JFK Historical Group's Annual JFK Assassination Conferencel, Nov. 20-22, Crown Plaza Hotel, Dallas. Among speakers: JIP Director Andrew Kreig. Details.

Reopen Kennedy Case, Nov. 21-22, Mercure, Melbourne, Australia. Sponsor: ReopenKennedyCase.org.

 

The list below shows publishers and dates of most recent publication. Dates of previous editions are in parentheses.

  • JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass coverDouglass, James, W. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Touchstone, 2008.
  • Newman, John M. Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK. Skyhorse, 2008 (1995).
  • McKnight, Gerald. Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why. University of Kansas, 2005.
  • Belzer, Richard and David Wayne, Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination. Skyhorse, 2013.
  • Prouty, L. Fletcher. JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy. Skyhorse, 2013 (Carroll and Graf, 1996)

The books each argue that Kennedy was the victim of a plot by Kennedy opponents in government and their private sector allies who were so powerful and adept that they largely avoided exposure by official bodies, the most important of which were themselves constrained from pursuing their probes. The manipulation of official investigations and news coverage was typically by operatives pursued their roles with scant understanding they were playing a limited role in a larger plan. Thus, alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald would be best understood as a government asset working through intermediaries and without knowledge that he would ultimately be designated as a patsy.

Any such brief list is inherently subjective and arguably incomplete. That conceded, we outline criteria used for the selection.

First, these are books that each advocate a point of view and can provide a one-volume overview of vital evidence on the assassination, including revelations about flaws in the official investigations, even if a reader has no time to read an additional book. Second, each of the authors has substantial academic or parallel professional expertise in the research, with the exception of the Belzer-Wayne author team that accomplishes similar results by extensive citations. Third, books are not included if they primarily argue that a specific person orchestrated a plot or pulled a trigger. Such books can be highly worthwhile, of course, but are inherently limited by lack of subpoena power, cross-examination, and other research tools whatever their evidence. More than half a dozen individuals, for example, can plausibly be described as shooters or getaway drivers (several by their own account) but the key issue is the plausibility of the Warren Commission's conclusion of one shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, and not the varied alternatives.   

Finally, most of the books aside from Prouty's encompass much of the recent research, which experts estimate as including four million pages of declassified documents. Prouty is included primarily because of is insider status as a pioneering whistleblower. By the same standard, others such as the late New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison could have been included. But ultimately the more recent and more comprehensive critiques seem the best place for the general reader to start.

For somewhat similar reasons, several compelling books that contain extreme conclusions are omitted from this list of the few most recommended books for first-time general readers. Thus, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK published in 1992 by Peter Dale Scott is worth serious consideration but is best understood after study of more general works.

The authors selected above had varied backgrounds that equipped them for their work.

James Douglass, "JFK and the Unspeakable" authorJames Douglass, shown in a file photo, is a longtime peace activist and accomplished research scholar whose JFK and the Unspeakable is often described as "the best" introduction to the topic by critics of conventional news coverage.