Experts Gathering to Mark Historic 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Despite that it happened a half-century ago, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy remains so relevant today that it has drawn together 30 scientific, legal and investigative experts as well as scholars, journalists and authors to discuss and explore this historical event's continued significance.

Reporters are invited to take advantage of this rare gathering of experts and authorities on the subject, who will be in Pittsburgh Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19, for Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy at Duquesne University.

Among the featured conference presenters are:

  • Oliver Stone, director of the Academy-Award winning film JFK and director/narrator of Untold History of the United States
  • Dr. Robert N. McClelland, professor emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, who served as one of Kennedy's attending physicians at Parkland Hospital
  • David Talbot, author of the provocative 2007 book, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, and founder and former editor in chief of
  • Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, testified in 1978 before the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, during which he was the only one of a 9-member panel of forensic pathologists re-examining the JFK assassination to disagree with the single-bullet theory; served as a consultant on JFK
  • Mark Lane, a criminal defense attorney and author of the pioneering 1966 work, Rush to Judgment, among other books on the subject
  • Dr. Josiah Thompson, a private investigator and author of the influential 1967 micro-study of the assassination, Six Seconds in Dallas
  • Robert K. Tanenbaum, an attorney and expert legal commentator who served as deputy chief counsel to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations.

Hosted by Duquesne University's Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, the conference will delve into existing evidence and examine new insights and theories on the president's assassination.

Cyril Wecht believes that public interest in the case continues to be high and that further study is essential. "We, as Americans, need to know the truth," he said. "We need to be aware of historical matters, such as the Kennedy assassination, that are important to all of us and that, if ignored, have a very dangerous potential of breeding further secrecy, complacency and lies."

For more information on Passing the Torch, visit, contact or call 412.396.1330.

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