CU-Boulder sources on 50th anniversary of JFK assassination

November 4, 2013

Rick Stevens, assistant professor of journalism, can comment on media coverage of the JFK assassination as the first time in history Americans reacted to the same visual event. He says the coverage of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath represented a key shift from radio to television as the dominant news medium of the day and signaled the birth of a different kind of relationship between the American public and public officials. Stevens can be reached at 720-239-2563 or rick.stevens@colorado.edu.

Stewart Hoover, professor of journalism and mass communication, can discuss how the Kennedy assassination coverage established many of the traditions of media rituals of commemoration and mourning that we still see today with events such as 9/11, Columbine, the Columbia and Challenger space shuttle disasters and others. Hoover can be reached at 303-492-4833 or stewart.hoover@colorado.edu.

Martin Babicz, a faculty member in the CU-Boulder history department, can answer questions about the context, significance and historical meaning of the assassination. He will give a public lecture on the topic on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Longmont Public Library. Babicz is best reached by email at babicz@colorado.edu. He also can be reached at 303-834-9945.

Thomas W. Zeiler, professor of history and director of the Program in International Affairs, can talk about Kennedy's foreign policy legacy, including what he was in the process of implementing and planning when he was assassinated and perhaps what this meant for the 1964 election and especially Vietnam. He can be reached at 303-492-2353 or thomas.zeiler@colorado.edu.

Alex Cox, assistant professor of film studies, is the author of a new book titled "The President and the Provocateur: The Parallel Lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald." Cox ("Repo Man" "Sid & Nancy") has looked into the Kennedy assassination for most of his life. More information on the book is available at http://www.alexcox.com. He can be reached at 303-735-1646 or alex.cox@colorado.edu.

In addition, on Nov. 6, James Piereson, author of “Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel at CU-Boulder. His public lecture will argue that Kennedy’s killing had a profound and ultimately debilitating effect on the American left still felt today. Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, a private grant-making foundation in New York City. His talk is sponsored by CU-Boulder’s Conservative Thought and Policy program. For more information go to http://artsandsciences.colorado.edu/magazine/2013/10/how-jfks-killing-shattered-american-liberalism/.

Contacts

Elizabeth Lock, CU media relations, 303-492-3117
elizabeth.lock@colorado.edu
Peter Caughey, CU media relations, 303-492-4007
caughey@colorado.edu

 
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