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KNOXVILLE – Secrets surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and their impact on open government is the topic of the 2003 Milton M. Klein Lecture at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Kermit L. Hall, president of Utah State University and a member of the Kennedy assassination

Dr. Kermit L. Hall

review board in the 1990s, will speak at 4 p.m., March 4, in the University Center Ballroom.

The lecture, named for the long-time UT professor of history, is free and open to the public.

Hall is a leading scholar of legal and constitutional history and openness in government. He also is a professor at Utah State and was one of five members appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board.

“The murder of the president was one of the defining moments of the 20th century,” Hall said. “Conspiracy theories abound, in part, because at the time of the murder, much of what was known of the events remained among the most closely guarded secrets in the nation.”

Hall will discuss his work on the review board, how release of materials altered the nation’s understanding of the assassination, and the price America paid for secrecy.