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Download Chapter 1: Address at the University of North Dakota, September 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy (63 KB)

Download Chapter 2: Presentation of Robert Kelley, President of The University of North Dakota, At the Eternal Flame Memorial Ceremony, JFK Conference, September 23, 2008 (54 KB)

Download Chapter 3: "I Was Chief of Staff for Ideas." A Conversation with Ted Sorensen and Gregory S. Gordon (62 KB)

Download Chapter 4: President Kennedy: Profile of Power, Richard Reeves (73 KB)

Download Chapter 5: The Long Shadow of the Confessional and Beat Poets, Heidi K. Czerwiec (26 KB)

Download Chapter 6: "A Revival of Poetry and Song." Allen Ginsburg, Rock and Roll and the Return to the Bardic Tradition, Katie M. Stephenson (86 KB)

Download Chapter 7: Living and Writing on the Edge in Don DeLillo's Libra, Lucia Cimpean (92 KB)

Download Chapter 8: "I Feel Like a Spring Lamb." What Clay Shaw's Literary Life Reveals, Michael Snyder (98 KB)

Download Chapter 9: Experiencing the Peace Corps: A Discussion, Robin David, Michael Beard, Cory Enger, Kathleen Gershman, Joe Vacek (49 KB)

Download Chapter 10: "There Are Bigger Issues At Stake." The Administration of John F. Kennedy and United States - Republic of China Relations, 1961-63, Charles Pellegrin (111 KB)

Download Chapter 11: JFK, Berlin, and the Berlin Crises, 1961-1963, Robert G. Waite (127 KB)

Download Chapter 12: JFK and Vietnam : An Unanswered Legacy in Film and History, Scott A. Racek (119 KB)

Download Chapter 13: JFK's Legacy Regarding Consular Relations, Cindy G. Buys (128 KB)

Download Chapter 14: "We Choose To Go To The Moon." JFK and the Race to the Moon, 1960-1963, Richard E. Collin (67 KB)

Download Chapter 15: The Indochina Bind: John Kennedy and Vietnam , Albert I. Berger (40 KB)

Download Chapter 16: The Cuban Missile Crisis and New Narratives of the Cold War, Albert I. Berger (49 KB)

Download Chapter 17: The Kennedy Justice Department's Enforcement of Civil Rights: A View from the Trenches, Brian K. Landsberg (81 KB)

Download Chapter 18: Civil Rights Chronology, January 1961 -- November 1963, Compiled by Brian K. Landsberg (79 KB)

Download Chapter 19: Atomic Power, Fossil Fuels, and the Environment: Lessons Learned and the Lasting Impact of the Kennedy Energy Policies, Joshua P. Fershee (133 KB)

Download Chapter 20: Kennedy's Loyal Opposition: National Review and The Development of A Conservative Alternative, January -- August 1961, Laura Jane Gifford (68 KB)

Download Chapter 21: "Primarily a Political Problem." Constructing the Image of the Kennedy Presidency, 1961-Present, Richard M. Fillipink, Jr. (65 KB)

Download Chapter 22: JFK: The Exceptional Ideal? James Boys (138 KB)

Download Chapter 23: Rhetoric in the Campaign Website of Barack Obama, Mary Stromme (259 KB)

Download Chapter 24: That Day in Dallas, Eleanor Williams (34 KB)

Download Chapter 25: "I Looked Up and I Looked Down." JFK, Mrs. D and The Space of Citizenship, Steve Andrews (84 KB)

Download Chapter 26: The Day Kennedy Was Assassinated, David F. Marshall (13 KB)

Download Chapter 27: Three Gunshots at Life? Gary Severson (42 KB)

Download Chapter 28: Lee Harvey Oswald: North Dakota and Beyond, John Delane Williams and Gary Severson (104 KB)

Download Chapter 29: The Workings of the Assassinations Record Review Board, John R. Tunnheim (65 KB)

Download Chapter 30: Dealey Plaza Revisited: What Happened to JFK? James H. Fetzer (9.0 MB)

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On September 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy traveled to Grand Forks, North Dakota, greeted its citizens while touring the city, and delivered a speech at the University of North Dakota Field House, which addressed important issues still vital today: environmental protection, conservation of natural resources, economic development, the struggle between democracy and totalitarianism, and the importance of education and public service. The University conferred on the President an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Over 20,000 people assembled on campus that day to see JFK -- the largest campus gathering in UND history. Tragically, less than two months later, the thirty-fifth President of the United States was assassinated in Dallas.

To commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the President's Grand Forks visit, and in tandem with the University's one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary, UND organized a September 25-27, 2008 conference to foster interdisciplinary discussion and analysis of the issues addressed in JFK's UND speech, as well as other significant issues of the Kennedy era, including civil rights, space exploration, the nuclear threat, and the influence of the media on presidential politics. The Conference also explored issues related to the President's assassination within weeks of his UND visit. This publication of conference proceedings collects the papers presented during this conference as well as transcripts of significant addresses and discussions.



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University of North Dakota


Grand Forks, ND


Universities and colleges; Politics and government; Anniversaries

Personal Subjects

Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963

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United States; North Dakota--Grand Forks


United States History


Copyright, 2010 by John Delane Williams, Robert G. Waite, and Gregory S. Gordon

The copyright for individual chapters is held by the respective authors. If multiple copies of individual chapters are desired, please contact the respective authors. Their e-mail addresses are provided in the Contributor Section.

John F. Kennedy History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry