Ferrum College to Commemorate President Kennedy's Assassination

The College will hold a series of programs in November highlighting President John F. Kennedy’s legacy and its profound impact on the nation.

Ferrum College will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which took place on November 22, 1963, with a series of programs in November highlighting his legacy and its profound impact on the nation. The events will include:


The Great Debates and Kennedy’s Inaugural Address

Thursday, November 7, 7 – 9 p.m.
Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall

Kennedy’s ability to connect with the American people redefined political and presidential communication.  This session will feature video clips from the Kennedy/Nixon debates during the 1960 presidential campaign and Kennedy’s Inaugural Address in January of 1961.  Ferrum faculty members Dr. Ed Halley and Dr. Michael Trochim will offer analysis and take questions from the audience.  Moderator: Dr. Doug Clark.

The Peace Corps

Thursday, November 14, 7 – 9 p.m.
Blue Ridge Mountain Room in Franklin Hall

One of President Kennedy’s most enduring legacies is the Peace Corps, which for over 50 years has inspired young people to serve a cause greater than themselves.  Ferrum faculty members Dr. Sandra Via and Beth Harper will lead the discussion about this important international program.  Sasha Saari and Chris Mayer will share their experiences as members of the Peace Corps.  Introductory remarks by Dr. Christine Stinson.

The Ferrum College Community Reflects

Thursday, November 21, 10:45 - 11:05 a.m.
Hart International Plaza

President Jennifer Braaten will lead Ferrum students, faculty and staff in a community wide time of reflection on the life and legacy of President Kennedy. 

Memorial Service and Tributes to JFK

Thursday, November 21, 7 – 8 p.m.
Vaughan Chapel

Reverend Conrad Braaten will officiate at this service featuring tributes to President Kennedy by Dr. Gail Summer, Dr. Dave Johnson, Dr. Kevin Reilly and Dr. Doug Clark. 

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