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Of Kennedys and Kings

Reinvestigating the RFK and MLK Assassinations at 50

The 17th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium

MAY 3 - 4, 2018

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom | Fifth Floor, Power Center
Duquesne University | Pittsburgh, PA

Often lost in the shadows of the JFK assassination are the equally history-altering events of five years later - the brutal slayings of U.S. Senator and likely Democratic presidential nominee Robert F. Kennedy and civil rights leader, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Together, their murders contributed to the unmooring of American political life and the widespread distrust of government that poisons our national dialogue still.

In keeping with a tradition that includes its historic 2003 and 2013 symposia on the JFK assassination and a 2008 conference, Making Sense of the Sixties, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is pleased to announce a national symposium exploring the lives, deaths and social justice legacies of Senator Kennedy and the Reverend King on the occasion of the 50th anniversaries of their assassinations this spring.

Confirmed speakers include:

Joseph "Judge Joe" Brown, J.D.
Judge in the Final Appellate Trial of James Earl Ray

Thomas T. Noguchi, M.D.  (by videoconference)
Former Chief Medical Examiner, Los Angeles County; Autopsist of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

William F. Pepper, Esq., Ed.D.
Associate of the Rev. King; Former Attorney for James Earl Ray; Appellate Attorney for Sirhan Sirhan

Paul Schrade  (by videoconference)
Former RFK Presidential Campaign Aide, Fellow Shooting Victim and Witness

Philip Van Praag, M.S.
Audio Forensics Expert; Co-Author, An Open and Shut Case

Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
Forensic Pathologist, Author and Educator
Consultant to Dr. Noguchi on the Autopsy of Sen. Kennedy

SCHEDULING NOTE: While the agenda for this symposium is still being developed, please note for planning purposes that the event will begin on the morning of May 3 and conclude at lunchtime on May 4. There will be a reception open to all registrants immediately following the May 3 portion of the program.