Thank you for attending and supporting this year's symposium. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Please consider attending one of our other upcoming events as we continue to explore the evolving world of forensic science and law with renowned speakers from across the field. 

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JFK Exhibit at Gumberg Library

The new Cyril H. Wecht Forensic Science Collection is on display at Duquesne’s Gumberg Library, Floor 4 from November 13-30, 2023. The 60th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination exhibit features exhibition panels and digital archives including videos, newspaper archives, clippings and photos.

Zoom Recording Access

This year's annual symposium is a hybrid event, and the entire event will be recorded. Virtual registrants will have the opportunity to access these recordings until the end of the year (December 31, 2023) using the same links they used for the live event. Onsite registrants who are interested in accessing the recordings can make inquiries regarding their access.

  • For those seeking Continuing Education credit, it is advisable to consult the relevant accrediting body to determine the eligibility of recorded content for meeting their requirements.
  • It's important to note that, currently, there are no plans to distribute the video content through alternative channels or to reopen event registration for this purpose.

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Expanding Horizons For Learning

Program in Duquesne's Union Ballroom

Prepare to immerse yourself in captivating presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and the opportunity to connect with experts and fellow enthusiasts alike. The Annual Symposium promises a dynamic and comprehensive experience that paves the way for new perspectives, lasting connections, and the exchange of knowledge that will shape the future. All presentations are scheduled to take place in the Duquesne University's Union Ballroom, unless otherwise noted.

View full program (PDF) for more details; please note that some presentations may have shifted since the program was finalized on 11/10/23. The agenda below is the most current.

Wednesday, November 15

  • 5:30 p.m. Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions: Benjamin E. Wecht, M.A.
  • 7:10 p.m. Opening Remarks: Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
  • 7:20 p.m. Keynote Introduction: Ken Gormley, J.D.
  • 7:30 p.m. Keynote Address: 'Why JFK's Camelot Endures – and Why It Still Matters', Barbara Perry, Ph.D.
  • 8:30 p.m. 'Why JFK's Assassination Will Not Go Away', Alec Baldwin
  • 9:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, November 16 - Criminalistics, Forensic Science and Medicine

  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: Benjamin E. Wecht, M.A., Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.
  • 8:45 a.m. 'Converging Lines of Evidence in the Case for Two Headshots', Gary Aguilar, M.D., Josiah Thompson, Ph.D., Doug DeSalles, M.D., Bill Simpich, Esq.
  • 10:00 a.m. 'The Final Witness: A Kennedy Secret Service Breaks His Silence After Sixty Years', Paul Landis (USSS Ret.); James Robenalt, Esq.
  • 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. 'Forensic Reactions to an Historical Revelation', P. Landis, C. Wecht, Ken Gormley, J.D.
  • 11:30 a.m. 'Two Brain Exams Following JFK’s Autopsy', Douglas Horne (USN Ret.)
  • Concurrent Session (613) 'Forensic Modeling of Human Reactions and a JFK Assassination Timeline', Brian Roselle, M.S.
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch   
  • 12:35 p.m. Special Brownbag Session 1: 'Four Died Trying' (Film Screening and Q&A), Libby Handros and John Kirby 
  • 1:45 p.m. 'Acoustical Analysis of the JFK Assassination', Donald B. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Concurrent Session (613) 'A Closer Look at the Zapruder Film: The Case for Alteration', David Mantik, MD, PhD
  • 2:45 p.m. 'Analyzing the General Walker Shooting and Gauging the Authenticity of the Walker Bullet', Lawrence Schnapf, Esq., Ben Cole (by Zoom)
  • Concurrent Session (613) 'The Oswald Letter: An Analysis of Dyslexia and How It Changes our Understanding of the Assassination', Jerry Kroth, Ph.D. (by Zoom)
  • 3:45 p.m. Break
  • 4:00 p.m. 'Unmasking the Rockefeller Committee Medical Panel', Russell Kent
  • 5:00 p.m. Adjournment
  • 6:00 p.m. CAPA Dinner Reception (Registration for Dinner Closed)

Friday, November 17 - History, Politics and the Future

  • 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: Benjamin E. Wecht, M.A., Pamela Marshall, Ph.D.
  • 9:00 a.m. The Assassination of President Kennedy: Understanding the Cold War Context, John Newman, Ph.D.
  • 10:00 a.m. The CIA and JFK: What 30 Years of Reporting Tell Me, Jefferson Morley  

  • Concurrent Session (AR) Carousel Contortionista: Jack Ruby, His Strippers, and their Moving Horses, Mark de Valk, Ph.D., M.A.
  • 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m. 'New Findings About TSBD Building Owner David Harold Byrd', Daniel Alcorn, Esq.
  • Concurrent Session (AR) J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon Johnson and how they Obstructed Justice, R. Andrew Kiel
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch 
  • 12:30 p.m. Special Brownbag Session: 'Documenting the Authenticy of the Zapruder Film', Robert Groden
  • 1:00 p.m. Special Brownbag Session 2: 'Who Killed JFK?', Rob Reiner (by Zoom)
  • 1:30 p.m. 'The Death of JFK and the Rise of the Neocons in U.S. Foreign Policy', James DiEugenio, M.A.
  • Concurrent Session 1 (AR) An Inside Perspective on the Relationship between Lee Oswald and the Paines, Robert Manz, M.A.
  • Concurrent Session 2 (613) 'Lee Oswald: The Patchwork Kid', Greg R. Parker (Pre-recorded by Zoom)
  • 2:30 p.m. 'Lessons from the Assassination Records Review Board: The Value of Investigative Research with Respect to National Security', David Montague, Ph.D.
  • Concurrent Session 1 (AR) 'Our Method of Teaching the Assassination: Inspiring the Next Generation of Researchers', Ronald Burda, J.D. and Michael Vollbach, MA, MS
  • 3:30 p.m. Break
  • 3:45 p.m. 'Why Our Side is Winning/Losing the Media War', David Talbot (by Zoom)
  • 4:45 p.m. 'Closing Remarks', Ellen Gawalt, Ph.D.
  • 5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Continuing Education Opportunities

At the Institute, we are dedicated to enhancing your learning experience by providing a wide range of continuing education opportunities that align with our programming.

As an Accredited Provider of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education, we are excited to offer you the chance to earn up to 12 hours of Substantive CLE credit through this conference.

This course has been approved for eight (8) hours of continuing education by the Pennsylvania Coroners Education Board under the provisions of Act 22 of 1988. Coroners may receive up to all 8 hours online.

Physicians may self-report participation in this activity for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ that may be used for Pennsylvania re-licensure and other purposes. Further information may be found at The Physician's Recognition Award and credit system 2017 revision | AMA (

Please stay updated by checking this space regularly for more information on approved accreditations and the number of credit hours available.


Please review Duquesne University Campus Map to find your way to the Union Ballroom.

  • Park at Duquesne's Forbes Garage (1180 Forbes Avenue); This garage is the closest to the Duquesne Union building.
  • Take the elevator in the Forbes Garage to the 8th floor to access the walkway to the Union. 
  • Upon entering the Union, please proceed to the elevators towards the back of the building.
  • Take elevators to the Union Ballroom on Floor 4.

Hotel Accommodations

For those traveling to Pittsburgh to attend our symposium, please note that we have now filled the blocks of hotel rooms we were holding at the following hotels. Please feel free to contact them to inquire about additional vacancies, or else go to Visit Pittsburgh to find other options.

Cancellation Policies

You can request a full refund for your registration, with a $25 processing fee deducted, if you cancel up to one week before the symposium begins. However, after Wednesday, November 8, refunds will only be granted with documented proof of a medical or other emergency. Additionally, please be aware that up until Monday, November 13, individuals registered for onsite participation have the option to switch to the virtual attendance option.

Questions? Contact Us!

Benjamin Wecht M.A.

Program Administrator

Cyril Wecht Institute

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