School of Public Policy Commemorates JFK 50th Anniversary Assassination with Movie
Screening, "Years of Lightning, Day of Drums"
Friday, November 22, 2013
On Friday, November 22, in partnership with the Pepperdine University Libraries, the
School of Public Policy will screen the documentary, "John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightening,
Days of Drums," in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination.
The 90-minute filmed memorial tribute, released in 1964, is narrated by Gregory Peck
and was produced by the United States Information Agency and features extensive excerpts
from Kennedy's speeches, including color footage of his swearing in and inaugural
address. The film's writer and director, Bruce Herschensohn, is a Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy and will speak about
the film's introduction and provide an explanation of why it was made with taxpayer's
funds; its purpose and why it took an act of the U.S. Congress to release it in the
United States. The evening will conclude with Herschensohn discussing the role of
the former United States Information Agency in the Cold War and its abolition, which
called for the near-extinction of U.S. propaganda since 1999.