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Dear Media Scholars and West Wing fans,

Rob Lowe was the first to leave THE WEST WING
and now is being joined by creator Aaron Sorkin and
Producer/Director Thomas Schlammee.  This massive
shift stems from a number of influences to include
internal and moral problems (President Bartlet approved of
an assasination), political problems (reaction vs. Martin
Sheen for his political activism), and--as some will
agree, but not all--the disappearance of Bill Clinton,
the "shadow government" of the Sorkin version of the
West Wing.

In any case, this development makes the appearance of
our book THE WEST WING: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
AS TELEVISION DRAMA very timely indeed.  The book
is a collection which explores the appeal of the series, the historical
and aesthetic elements of the series, and traces some of the
journalistic responses to the series--both pro and can. (The
work is co-edited by John E. O'Connor, Founder of Film & History
Magazine.)

The book is scholarly, but is readable and eschews jargon.  It
could be used in a college or university classroom with real interest
on the part of students.

A description of the book is on AMAZON.COM.

Be there with insight as the Owl of Minerva takes flight!

Peter Rollins

Here is the recent news story:

<A HREF="http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,448911~10~0~aaronsorkinleaveswest,00.html">http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,448911~10~0~aaronsorkinleaveswest,00.html</A>



Peter C. Rollins
Editor-in-Chief
_Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies_
(Web site: www.filmandhistory.org)
RR 3 Box 80
Cleveland, OK 74020
(918)243-7637 and fax 5995
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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. The last two issues deal with
The Holocaust in Film and the next two issues (2003) will focus on
the Western in a follow through from our Kansas City conference during
November of 2002.

Next conference is scheduled for 11-13 November 2004
and will focus on "War in Film, TV, and History," most
probably in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We are looking for energetic
people to serve as Area Chairs and will put a list of existing and
available Area Chair topics on the web site in the near future.

<A HREF="www.filmandhistory.org">www.filmandhistory.org</A>

Past issues of Film & History have been devoted to World War II, The Gulf
War,
and many individual articles over the years have surveyed the propaganda,
feature, and television dramas about War.  It is a popular and pervasive
genre--second only to The Western, the topic of our last conference.








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