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Southeastern professor shares research, lingering questions with students in history course
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
It has been half a century since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and questions still surround the shooting in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. One Southeastern history professor has researched, written and taught on the issue for more than 40 years – and still doesn't have the answer.
Dr. Michael Kurtz's class, History 496/596: The Kennedy Assassination, is taught every two years in the spring semester. The course includes a detailed study of President Kennedy's assassination and resulting controversies, with an emphasis on primary source materials and audio-visual materials such as the Zapruder Film, the Dallas Police tapes and autopsy photographs.
Dr. Kurtz is interviewed by a local television station for the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination.
Despite all of his research, writing and teaching, Dr. Kurtz tells his students on the first day of class each semester, "I don't know who killed President Kennedy."
Author of three editions of the book "Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective," Kurtz's reputation as a JFK assassination expert is well established worldwide. Several copies of his book are available to borrow from Sims Memorial Library.
Headline image courtesy of the Mary Ferrell Foundation.