The following description of the event comes to us from RTF:
Can scholars reach a wider audience without sacrificing their academic reputations? What happens when they try?
A decade ago, Dan T. Carter, a Bancroft Award winning historian, and Paul Stekler, an Emmy Award winning UT filmmaker, collaborated on a documentary biography of George Wallace, George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (which the Austin Film Society will screen at the State Theater on the night of October 10th). The film won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, an Emmy, and was broadcast nationally on PBS. Using that collaboration as a starting point, this panel, including Carter, Stekler, and a trio of UT scholars, will talk about treading the line between scholarly research and mass appeal, and the decision to go broad or institutional.
Hope to see you at what is shaping up to be a great panel! And make sure not to miss the screening of Carter and Stekler’s George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire on Wednesday, October 10 at the State Theater. More info here.