John F. Kennedy – Grand Forks, ND

The University of North Dakota is planning John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, Legacy, to be held Sept. 25-27, 2008.

President John F. Kennedy visited Grand Forks, North Dakota on September 25, 1963. He toured the city, greeted its citizens, and spoke at the University of North Dakota, talking about issues that are still vital today. He spoke out for conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. He argued for economic development and addressed the struggle between democracy and totalitarianism. He also emphasized the importance of education and public service. The University granted Kennedy an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Tragically, less than two months later, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated in Dallas.

The University of North Dakota will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference relating to the life and times of John F. Kennedy from September 25 to 27, 2008, in Grand Forks, ND. President Kennedy’s Special Counsel & Adviser, and Speechwriter, Theodore Sorensen will be one of the keynote speakers for the conference. Please make plans to attend and encourage others to join us!

The call for papers deadline is March 31, 2008. In an email message to NEWLAWPROFESSORS@LISTSERV.UH.EDU Prof. Gregory S. Gordon (School of Law) wrote: “We would especially appreciate having law professors present papers on topics related to civil rights and international law.”