“The Kennedy Assassination: A Decisive Moment in America’s History” is a week-long symposium presented Nov. 15 to 22, by the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Sharing the Moment Foundation. It is being held in conjunction with the first public exhibition of the painting “Pieta” by local artist Mark Balma.
The opening ceremony, at noon, Nov. 15, will include the installation of the painting with the Fort Snelling U.S. Marines Honor Guard and a prayer service with Father Joseph Johnson, Cathedral rector.
The painting will be on display in the Sacred Heart Chapel in the Cathedral of St. Paul from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Nov. 15 to 22.
The schedule of events is as follows:
• Nov. 16, 7 p.m. — “The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Its Impact on America’s History” presented by former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson.
• Nov. 17, 7 p.m. — “History Painting in America: What it is, What is Does, Why it Matters” presented by Mark Thistlethwaite.
• Nov. 19, 2 p.m. — “Remembering Kennedy” panel discussion.
• Nov. 19, 3 p.m. — “Creating ‘Pieta’: The Year-long Journey and its Stories” presented by Mark Balma.
• Nov. 20, 7 p.m. — “The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Opening its History for Public Review” presented by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim.
• Nov. 21, 7 p.m. — “The Kennedy Compromise” presented by Colleen Carroll Campbell.
• Nov. 22, noon — Closing ceremony includes a prayer service followed by retirement of the U.S. Marines Honor Guard and removal of the painting. The Catholic Spirit