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Special Saturday Evening Event at Left Forum
with Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Donna Murch on the Untold History of the United States
Saturday, June 8th, 7:30 pm
Pace University’s Schimmel Auditorium
1 Pace Plaza, New York City, NY
Writing in a recent issue of Counterpunch Michael D. Yates says, “Oliver Stone’s Showtime series, Untold History of the United States, is the most radical mainstream television I have ever watched.”
Join Oliver Stone, co-writer Peter Kuznick, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Donna Murch in a discussion of the 10-episode series and the political challenges it raises today.
Oliver Stone (Director) has won Oscars for directing “Born on the Fourth Of July” and “Platoon,” and for writing “Midnight Express.” He was nominated for director (“JFK”) and co-writer (“Nixon”). Stone has directed four documentaries — “Looking for Fidel” (’04), “Comandante” (’03), “Persona Non Grata” (’03), and “South of the Border” (’09). In the fall of 2012, Showtime debuted a 10-episode Documentary series entitled “Untold History of the United States,” which Stone created, narrates and executive produced. Simon & Schuster released the book component with the same title, which was co-written with history professor Peter Kuznick. Prior to his film career, Stone worked as a school teacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant and sales representative. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.
Peter Kuznick, Professor of History at American University, was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and remains active in antiwar and nuclear abolition efforts. He is co-author of the The Untold History of the United States and is a co-writer of the 10 part documentary film series with the same title. Kuznick is author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America (University of Chicago Press), co-author with Akira Kimura of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives (Horitsu Bunkasha, 2010), co-author with Yuki Tanaka of Genpatsu to hiroshima – genshiryoku heiwa riyo no shinso (Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth Behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power (Iwanami, 2011), and co-editor with James Gilbert of Rethinking Cold War Culture (Smithsonian Institution Press).
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a longtime labor, racial justice and international activist. He is an Editorial Board member and columnist for BlackCommentator.com, a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and a founder of the Black Radical Congress. Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California Press). He is the author of They’re Bankrupting US – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions (Beacon Press, 2012). Fletcher will interview Stone and Kuznick.
Donna Murch is associate professor of history Rutgers University, director Black Atlantic (2008-present), and co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis from 2010-2012. Her teaching and research specializations are postwar U.S. history, modern African American history, twentieth-century urban studies, and the political economy of drugs. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at U.C. Berkeley and has won numerous fellowships and awards, including a Teaching Effectiveness Award and a Woodrow Wilson postdoctoral fellowship. Professor Murch has published several scholarly articles and has recently completed a book entitled Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), which won the Phillis Wheatley Award in December 2011. She is a member of the Board of Left Forum and will be the Master of Ceremonies of the event.
Left Forum Conference 2013:
1, Pace Plaza
New York, NY.
Discounts are available for a limited time (e.g., students $10)
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