Screening And Discussion Opens Fall Event Schedule

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News Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The National Humanities Center, in conjunction with UNC-TV, will host a preview screening of the new PBS documentary miniseries, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, on Thursday, September 11. Historians John Kasson and William Leuchtenburg, who served as an advisor for the film, will speak prior to the screening. The event, starting at 5 p.m., will be followed by a reception to welcome the Center’s newly-arrived class of Fellows.

The documentary, set to air this fall, explores the intertwined lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is directed by Ken Burns, whose past documentaries have received several honors, including five Emmy Awards and two Academy Award nominations.

We are thrilled to have John Kasson and William Leuchtenburg back to kick off our public events schedule for the fall,” said Geoffrey Harpham, president and director of the National Humanities Center. “I cannot think of a better way to welcome this year’s Fellows than with the highly anticipated Roosevelt documentary and the participation of two distinguished scholars with such deep ties to the Center.”

Before the film, Kasson and Leuchtenburg, who have both previously held fellowships from the Center, will engage in a discussion on the Roosevelts and 20th century history. Leuchtenburg is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as an expert on Franklin Roosevelt’s life and presidency. He has written several books on the former president. Kasson is also a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and teaches history and American studies. His most recent book is The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America (2014).

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