there one assassin or more? Did the Soviet Union play a role? These questions
and more still intrigue historians as we near the 50th anniversary
of JFK’s death.
Community College is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the John
F. Kennedy assassination with a lecture series that features presentations by renown
JFK expert forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht on Oct. 25, and author James
Douglass and playwright Ginny Cunningham on Nov. 8.
lecture series is a labor of love for OCC faculty Ron Burda and Michael Vollbach,
self-described JFK conspiracy theorists who have co-taught a popular class on
the assassination of JFK since 1993.
class covers the Kennedy presidency, events leading to his assassination, and
culminates in a mock trial where students listen to testimony and deliberate,
and reach a verdict, Vollbach said.
“This was a watershed moment
in the history for our country,” said Burda, who was in the sixth grade when
JFK was assassinated. “It was the first time in 60 to 70 years that a president
was assassinated. There were three days of funeral processions; television
coverage was 24-7, which was unusual at the time. Then Oswald was himself
assassinated on national TV with the whole country watching. Those images were
burned in our memories.”
are as follows:
Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D., Oct. 25
In 1978, Dr. Cyril Wecht was
appointed to a panel by the House Select Committee on Assassinations to aid
their investigation of the assassination of JFK. The forensic pathologist is
author or co-author of numerous books and articles, including his most recent,
From Crime Scene to Courtroom and Cause of Death about the JFK
assassination. He has been media consultant for many high profile death cases,
including Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Elvis Presley, JonBenet Ramsey,
Vincent Foster, Anna Nicole Smith, Caylee Anthony (Casey Anthony’s daughter),
Douglass and Ginny Cunningham, Nov. 8
and One Act Play Staged Reading
Reading: 7:30 p.m.
W. Douglass’s lecture is based on his book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He
Died and Why It Matters. The book advances the theory that, horrified by
the specter of nuclear war (in part because of his experience with the Cuban
Missile Crisis), JFK gradually turned away from Cold War beliefs, and this is
directly responsible for his death. Douglass is a former adviser to the Vatican,
and a former college professor of theology at several colleges including Notre
Cunningham is a public relations expert who, inspired by Douglass’s JFK and
the Unspeakable, wrote a one-act play based on the book. Actor Martin Sheen
assembled a cast to do a similar dramatic reading to take place in Dallas on
November 21, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the JFK
are at the college’s Royal Oak campus. Tickets may be
purchased here and between 8:30 a.m. and 5
p.m. at OCC’s Royal Oak Campus Bookstore. Limit four tickets per customer.
Oakland Community College is the largest
community college in Michigan and ranks 23rd among the nation’s
1,200 associate degree-granting schools. With five campuses throughout Oakland
County, it offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including
university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts, as well
as workforce training and certificate programs. Three quarters of a
million students have enrolled at the college since it opened in 1965.
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