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    Donora 1948 Air Quality Crisis

    Brian Charlton of the Donora Smog Museum talked about the origin of the 1948 Donora air quality crisis and how it led to changing perceptions of air pollution and industrialization. Over a three day period in October of 1948 hundreds of people became sick and 21 died from a mysterious smog that had enveloped the town of Donora, Pennsylvania. The Senator John Heinz History Center hosted this event.

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    President Obama Remarks at TechShop in Pittsburgh

    President Obama made remarks during a tour of the TechShop facility in Pittsburgh. He spoke about boosting the economy through investments in manufacturing and entrepreneurship. At the start of the event, he talked about the capture of one of the individuals responsible for the September 2011 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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    Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Oliver Stone

    Film director Oliver Stone talked about his documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. Mr. Stone took questions from the audience about the series and accompanying book, as well as on his 1991 film, JFK, which examined the events surrounding President Kennedy’s death. Mr. Stone told the audience he did not think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and believed there was a subsequent cover-up.

    “Untold History” was a presentation at “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” The October 17-19, 2013, event was the annual conference of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

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    Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Panel Discussion

    Panelists discussed the findings in the U.S. government’s official investigations of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, from the Warren Commission in 1964 to the Assassination Records Review Board in 1998. They also spoke about information beyond what is found in those official reports.

    “From the WC to the ARRB: What Have We Learned?” was a panel of “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” The event October 17-19, 2013, was the annual conference of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

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    Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Robert Tanenbaum and James Lesar

    Robert Tanenbaum and James Lesar talked about theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Tanenbaum reviewed the government’s conduct in the investigation of President Kennedy’s death, and Mr. Lesar gave his assessment of the job done by the Assassination Records Review Board, which issued its final report in 1998. An audio clip of the late federal investigator Gaeton Fonzi was played.


    “An Analysis of Government Misconduct: The House Select Committee on Assassinations” and “Reviewing the Assassination Records Review Board: An Uncertain Legacy” were presentations at “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” The event October 17-19, 2013, was the annual conference of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

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    Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Rex Bradford

    Rex Bradford, vice president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, talked about the findings of the “Church Committee,” headed by Idaho Senator Frank Church. The panel investigated abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies from the 1950s through Watergate.

    “Political Assassinations Revealed: The Church Committee” was a presentation at “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” The event October 17-19, 2013, was the annual conference of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

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    Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Mark Lane and Joan Mellen

    Mark Lane, author of Rush to Judgment, and Joan Mellen, author of A Farewell to Justice, talked about conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Lane discussed the theory that the Secret Service was complicit in the assassination of the president, and Professor Mellen spoke about the prosecution of Clay Shaw by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Mr. Shaw, a New Orleans businessman, was the only person ever prosecuted in connection with the assassination. 

    “The Secret Service and the Assassination of JFK” and “Clay Shaw Unmasked: The Garrison Case Corroborated” were presentations at “Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” The event October 17-19, 2013, was the annual conference of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

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    Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

    Associate Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to college students about his life and career. He focused on the state of racial relations, the operations of the Supreme Court, and pursuing a career in the law. Among the wide range of other topics were his early life, advice he received from Thurgood Marshall, the Anita Hill controversy, his conservatism, faith, the media, and the Court’s relationship with President Obama.

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    Marbury vs. Madison

    A dramatization of Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established the basis for judicial review of congressional and executive actions on the grounds of their constitutionality. E.G. Marshall provided introductory, concluding, and off-camera commentary as the issues were dramatized.
    This was part of the five-segment series Equal Justice Under Law Commissioned by the Bicentennial Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and produced by WQED-TV to illustrate the American constitutional heritage as exemplified in the major decisions of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall. Originally shown on PBS stations in 1977.

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    African-American Women and the National Park Service

    National Park Service rangers and administrators talked about the importance of historic sites to African Americans, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House in Washington, DC, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond, Virgina, and Fort Monroe near Hampton, Virginia. They responded to questions from the audience.

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