FILM & HISTORY SESSION AT AHA
As episodes of CNN's series COLD WAR were broadcast, Film & History
provided evaluations from observers and experts. (Some of these responses are
still on the Film & History web site: www.filmandhistory.org ; check them
The Boston session by Film & History will take place on Saturday night,
January 6th, beginning at 7:30pm in the Sheraton Boston Hotel, in the
Constitution Ballroom B. Here is the program entry (page 50 of the official
Title of Session: CNN's COLD WAR SERIES: IDEOLOGY OR HISTORY?
Introduction: Peter C. Rollins, Film & History
Richard Pipes, Harvard University
Richard Raack, California State University at Hayward
Gabriel Schoenfeld, Commentary Magazine
John O'Connor, Founder, Film & History
Comments: This session will examine CNN's multi-episode "history"
of the Cold War which has been airing on the network for several
years. In time, the series may find its way into public schools
libraries, supplanting other views of the struggle. Is the COLD
a valid history of the conflict or is it an ideological
The book CNN's COLD WAR DOCUMENTARY: ISSUES AND
CONTROVERS, edited by Arnold Beichman (Hoover Institution
Press, 2000) will be available at the session and at Film &
History's Booth 109 at the book display.
For previous evaluations of the series, check out the Film & History web
All are welcomed and registration at the meeting is not required for this
evening session. Students, in particular, are welcomed....Please
contact me if you have questions.
Peter C. Rollins, Editor
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies
(Web site: http://h-net.msu.edu/~filmhis) Also, www.filmandhistory.org
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Cleveland, OK 74020
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Comments: Individual subscription information on the web site
as well as information and FAQ's about the CD-ROMs. There are
also discussion items and essays on Saving Private Ryan, Amistad,
CNN's Cold War, and a host of other topics. The Table of Contents
for the last thirty years is there as well. Lastest issues deal with
Television as Historian and edited by Gary Edgerton (Old Dominion U).
The next two issues will focus on THE COLD WAR IN FILM AND TV
with senior scholar Phil Landon (UMBC) as guest editor.
Recent conference was in November, 2000 on The Presidency in Film
at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
(45 mins. north of LAX). Information and registration details are on
the web site! This conference is co-sponsored by California State
University-Northridge, a neighbor to the Presidential Library and the
conference hotel. (Three hours of History credit are available through
the College of Extended Learning.)
Next conference will be in the fall of 2002 and will focus on the topic of
THE AMERICAN WEST(S) IN FILM, TELEVISION, AND HISTORY. The
event will be held in Kansas City, one of the great gateways to the West.
Please start planning your paper!
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu