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Gwen Ifill, Oliver Stone Tackle Kent State Anniversary

Oscar winning film director and producer Oliver Stone and PBS’ Gwen Ifill will speak at the 43rd annual commemoration of violent acts at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. During the incident, which involved some protesting, Ohio National Guardsman killed four unarmed students and injured nine.

Ifill will moderate a panel discussion called “Historical Importance of May 4″ while Stone conveys his thoughts about “History and Memory in Film.”

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Stone Premieres Documentary Tonight

Oliver Stone will premier “South of the Border,” his controversial, new documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in Washington tonight. Following the premiere, Washington Life magazine will host a reception for the filmmaker at Teatro Goldoni from 7 – 10 pm.

Oliver Stone Visits AU Class Studying His Films


Stone speaks to AU class.

After wrapping up filming on his latest project, “Wall Street 2,” film director Oliver Stone stopped by American University this week to talk to students taking a history course bearing his name. The course? Oliver Stone’s America.

The class addresses the nature and uses of historical evidence, and the shaping of popular historical consciousness while assessing both scholarly opinion and popular beliefs about the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War and antiwar movement, 1960s counterculture, Watergate, and 1980s capitalistic culture. Students taking the three-credit class watch Stone’s films including “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Nixon,” “Talk Radio,” “Wall Street,” and “Any Given Sunday.”

Stone visited the class in person for the first time in 1996. Each fall since Stone either visits in-person or interacts with students by conference call. Stone’s in-person visit on the last day of class came just in the nick of time as students were told that one of their final exam questions next week would be to define the common thread that runs through all of of Stone’s films. The professor asked Stone to give the students a hint. Stone’s reply: Think about opportunities.

Special thanks to Maralee Csellar.

Morning Reading List, 10.23.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.15.08

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