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Lincoln assassin is topic for Conversations at BSC

Published: Apr 14 2015
Conversations at BSC focuses on the aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in a program Sunday, April 19, titled "John Wilkes Booth: The Last Journey."

This fourth conversation of the 2014-15 series begins at 3 p.m. in the Bavendick Stateroom of the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence.

Discussion between Clay Jenkinson, BSC's distinguished scholar of humanities, and former BSC president Larry C. Skogen, will include comments and questions from the audience.

On the near anniversary of the April 15, 1865, assassination, the exchange will center on the 12 days when assassin John Wilkes Booth alluded capture using the Confederate underground to move south with the hope of entering Mexico. Booth believed he would become a hero to the South by assassinating the "tyrant" president. The conspiracy and gallows ending also will be examined.  

In preparation, audience members are encouraged to reference "Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer" by James L. Swanson, and "American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies" by Michael W. Kauffman.

Programs are unrehearsed and emphasize the 360-degree perspective of the humanities lens. Live video/audio streaming is available at Audio alone is available on The Myx at

The series ends May 3 with "The Idea of the National Parks with a Particular Focus on Theodore Roosevelt." Funding is provided by Bismarck State College and the BSC Foundation.

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