Professor reflects on what JFK symbolized as 50th anniversary of assassination approaches

Goduti,PhilipFriday, Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Philip Goduti, adjunct assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, recently wrote an article for the publication “Kennedy: His Life and Legacy” and is available to comment.

“At the threshold of a new decade, John F. Kennedy symbolized all that America hoped to be,” he said. “Serving in World War II and standing firm as a cold warrior in the Senate, Kennedy came into the White House ready to ignite, as he said, that torch that ‘has been passed to a generation of Americans.’ In his thousand days in office, he confronted the Soviet Union over Berlin and Cuba and told Americans that civil rights was a moral, not a political issue, laying the foundation for future generations to remake America. As he prepared for his re-election in 1964 that youthful, progressive, charmingly witty, politically savvy version of the presidency came to a sudden halt on Nov. 22, 1963.

“The assassination of John F. Kennedy had reverberations that irrevocably changed the nation in its wake.  Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, John Jr. saluting his father and Jackie dressed in black led by Bobby are all symbols that have been seared into the mythology of what actually happened those four days in November. Conspiracy theories and testaments to what the Kennedy years meant have been written by authors for the past fifty years. As we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination it is particularly interesting to hear from all the people who have been affected by Kennedy’s time in office, those who took his call for sacrifice and embraced it through public service or other professions. Fifty years later people are still invoking Kennedy’s vision for America and consider how he would have handled the issues that have defined us since his murder at Dealey Plaza.”

Goduti is also the author of two books, “Kennedy’s Kitchen Cabinet and the Pursuit of Peace: The Shaping of American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963” and “Robert F. Kennedy and the Shaping of Civil Rights, 1960-1964.”

To speak to Goduti, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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