JFK Symposium:

The Zapruder Film: Is Seeing Believing in the Assassination of JFK?

May 9-11, 2003

Updated Agenda! Note Change of Venue!

Picture of JFK and Jackie in the motorcade limo

Sponsored by Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Held on the campus in Duluth, Minnesota


Tentative Agenda

Presenter Credentials

Hotel Accommodations

Academic Credit Option


Shoulders-up picture of JFK
JFK and Jackie in a motorcade at an airport
JFK riding in the limo
JFK and Jackie in a motorcade
Jackie with JFK


Updated Agenda

All sessions will be held in A. B. Anderson Hall 225 on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus..

Friday, May 9, 2003

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Registration and Networking in the foyer of A. B. Anderson Hall 225. Visit with your fellow enthusiasts! Make dinner plans! Gear up for a full day tomorrow!

Saturday, May 10, 2003

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 AM Introduction and Orientation Presenter: James H. Fetzer

9:30 - 12:00 AM

Solving the Assassination from A to Z with Photos

Presenter: Jack White

12:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 -3:30 PM

Technical Aspects of Film Alteration

Presenter: David Healy

3:30 - 4:00 PM


4:00 - 6:30 PM

Scientific Study of Z-Film Alteration

Presenter: John Costella

6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner (on your own)  

8:00 - 10:30 PM

An Integrated Theory of Z-Film Alteration Presenter: David W. Mantik

Sunday, May 11, 2003

8:30 - 9:00 AM Continential Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 AM The Zapruder Film: An Issue of Authenticity Presenter: David S. Lifton

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: James H. Fetzer, Moderator

Panelists: John Costella, David Healy, David Lifton, David W. Mantik, Jack White

12:00 PM

Conclusion and Evaluation

James H. Fetzer, Symposium Chair

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Jack White has near legendary status as a student of the assassination's photographs and films. He was an expert for the House Select Committee during its reinvestigation of the case in 1977-78 and served as an advisor to Oliver Stone in producing the film, "JFK," which was released in 1992.

David Healy was stationed with the US Army Military Assistance Advisory Group in Saigon, where he was the first to hear the news of the assassination of JFK. He has an extensive background in video and film, with more than 30 years in video and film production and post-production.

John Costella, PhD, is a physicist and engineer with a background in optics, the properties of light, and the mechanics of moving objects. He has recently begun to apply his expertise to the analysis of the film with significant results. For additional information, go to www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/~jpc.

David W. Mantik, PhD, MD, a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist, is the leading expert on the medical evidence in this case. He has done ground-breaking work in studying the autopsy x-rays with optical densitometry, a type of investigation never before performed, and has conducted extensive work on the Zapruder film.

David S. Lifton, author of the classic, Best Evidence (1980), a New York Times' best seller and a Book of the Month Club Selection nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history, has made pioneering and enduring contributions to the study of the medical evidence and of the Zapruder film. He participated as an invited guest at the 1995 ARRB "experts' conference" and has lectured widely on his JFK research.

Cover of Assassination Science
Symposium Chair, James H. Fetzer, is McKnight University Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has published over 20 books and more than 100 articles and reviews in the philosophy of science and on the theoretical foundations of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. His video, JFK: The Assassination, the Cover Up, and Beyond, and his books, Assassination Science and Murder in Dealey Plaza, have received international acclaim. For additional information about new JFK research, go to www.assassinationscience.com.
Cover of Murder in Dealey Plaza

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Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been held at Figer's Inn on Lake Superior for Friday and Saturday nights for the special conference rate of $99.00 plus tax per night (single or double occupancy). Contact the hotel directly to book your rooms: Call 1/888/348-4377 and mention the JFK Symposium. Deadline for hotel reservations is April 25, 2003.

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Academic Credit Option

Participants may add one or two UMD semester credits to this conference experience. Students will be expected to do coursework before and after the conference, in consultation with the instructor. The necessary costs and arrangements for adding academic credit can be found here. The Symposium Chair, James H. Fetzer, is the instructor of record for academic credit.

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Registration will be limited. Pre-registration is required. The registration fee (received on or before April 18, 2003) is $125 per person, and will include the conference, all materials, and continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Registration fees received after April 18, 2003 will be $175. The fee is refundable (minus a $25 administrative fee) if a cancellation request is received in writing prior to May 1, 2003.

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Pauline Nuhring, Program Associate
UMD Continuing Education
104 Darland Administration Building
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-3011

To registration in person, visit Continuing Education (windows 1, 2, or 3) in the lobby of the Darland Administration Building on the UMD campus.

Registrants paying with a credit card may choose to fax their form to 218/726-6925.

More Information

For more information, phone or e-mail Pauline Nuhring, Program Associate: 218/726-6361, pnuhring@d.umn.edu.

The director reserves the right to cancel any program which is not economically feasible. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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