Events & Programs

Events & Programs

Oct
25
Sat
Inside Media: The Life and Times of Bill Cosby @ Knight TV Studio
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: The Life and Times of Bill Cosby @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

On the 30th anniversary of the debut of “The Cosby Show,” Mark Whitaker talks about his new book, “Cosby: His Life and Times,” the first major biography of comedian Bill Cosby.

Whitaker had unprecedented access to Cosby and more than 60 of his closest friends and associates when researching the book, which traces the comedian’s rise from an impoverished youth in Philadelphia to a career as one of the country’s best-known entertainers.

The book also details the lasting impact of “The Cosby Show,” Cosby’s controversial views on race, his breakout role in TV’s “I Spy” and his public scandals.

Whitaker is the former managing editor of CNN. He served as Washington bureau chief for NBC News and was a reporter at Newsweek and later, the magazine’s top editor. Whitaker also wrote a memoir, “My Long Trip Home.”

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Oct
26
Sun
NewseumDocs: “Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles” @ Documentary Theater
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm
NewseumDocs: “Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles" @ Documentary Theater | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Join filmmaker Elvin Ross for a screening of his acclaimed documentary film, “Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles,” which chronicles the journey of the most celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh, whose life was characterized and featured in the TV movie and book, Roots, created by his descendant Alex Haley. The screening is sponsored by the Newseum Institute and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Newseum Institute COO Gene Policinski will have a brief conversation with Ross before the film is viewed.

For more information about the film: www.kuntakintehislandmovie.com

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Inside Media: Remembering Ben Bradlee @ Knight TV Studio
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
Inside Media: Remembering Ben Bradlee @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Newseum looks back at the career and impact on American journalism of legendary Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee.

From Watergate to the Pentagon Papers, Bradlee oversaw the newspaper’s history-making coverage of some of the most momentous stories of the 20th century.

Panelists include:

  • Shelby Coffey III, the Newseum’s vice chairman and former deputy managing editor at The Washington Post
  • Leonard Downie Jr., vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post
  • Mary Hadar, project editor and former Style section editor at The Washington Post
  • George Solomon, former Sports section editor and columnist at The Washington Post

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Oct
27
Mon
How Does Religion Impact U.S. Supreme Court Decisions? @ Knight Conference Center
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
How Does Religion Impact U.S. Supreme Court Decisions? @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Moment Magazine and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute invite you to join us for a provocative and timely discussion.

After a long history of Protestant domination, the current U.S. Supreme Court is comprised of six Catholics and three Jews. Does the religious affiliation of Supreme Court justices matter? In what ways have religious beliefs and values of the justices shaped past and recent Supreme Court decisions? Join a panel of Supreme Court experts for a lively conversation about the influence of faith at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Panelists:

  • Marshall Breger, professor of law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
  • Robert Barnes, reporter, The Washington Post
  • Stephen Wermiel, professor of law, American University Washington School of Law
  • Lyle Denniston, American legal journalist, SCOTUSblog reporter
  • Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, The National Law Journal

Moderator:

  • Amy Schwartz, Opinion Editor, Moment Magazine

A reception will follow the event.

Oct
30
Thu
Eyewitness to History: A Conversation With Tom Brokaw @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm
Eyewitness to History: A Conversation With Tom Brokaw @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater | Washington | District of Columbia | United States


The event is now sold out for Press Pass members. However, there is still space at the program and the VIP reception for members of the Friends of the First Amendment Society. If you are interested in becoming a member at this level in order to attend the event and other VIP functions at the Newseum, please contact Ryan Merkel at RMerkel@newseum.org or 202/292-6294.

For nearly 50 years, NBC’s Tom Brokaw has reported on the world’s most important and historic events, including Watergate, the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11.

In a special members-only event at the Newseum, Brokaw recounts some of the biggest stories of his career. The program also incorporates footage of Brokaw’s breaking news reports.

His appearance coincides with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Brokaw reported live from Berlin on the dismantling of the wall and was the only broadcast network anchor on the scene.

Brokaw has spent his entire journalism career with NBC News, beginning in 1966. He served as the network’s White House correspondent, anchor of the “Today” show, and anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw.” His books include “The Greatest Generation,” “Boom! Voices of the Sixties” and “The Time of Our Lives.”

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert will moderate the program.

Newseum members can reserve free tickets beginning at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8. To become a Press Pass member and receive free admission to this program, visit newseum.org/support/membership.

Oct
31
Fri
OGIS at Five @ Knight Conference Center
Oct 31 @ 8:00 am
OGIS at Five @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) opened its doors five years ago, with responsibilities to mediate disputes regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests between requesters and federal agencies, and to provide Congress and the President with recommendations on how to improve agencies compliance with the FOIA.

At five years old, OGIS faces challenges and changes. Join OGIS, OpenTheGovernment.org and the Newseum Institute for a half-day discussion on OGIS’ past and future, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 31.

 

Nov
1
Sat
Inside Media: Revisiting the Gary Hart Affair @ Knight TV Studio
Nov 1 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: Revisiting the Gary Hart Affair @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Matt Bai, national political columnist for Yahoo News, talks about his new book, “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid.” The book examines how press coverage of 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart’s personal life marked a turning point in the relationship between the media and politics.

Hart was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president until rumors of marital infidelity — and a photo of Hart and a model snapped near a yacht named “Monkey Business” — led to his downfall.

Bai argues that the frenzied coverage of the Hart affair marked a crucial change in the way the media covered politics, as a candidate’s character became more important than political experience.

Bai will sign copies of his book following the program.

Would you like priority seating at this and other Newseum programs? Become a Press Pass member today! (Priority seating is also subject to availability.)

Nov
5
Wed
Press Freedom in the 21st Century @ Knight Conference Center
Nov 5 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Press Freedom in the 21st Century @ Knight Conference Center | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

The Newseum Institute and Free Speech Now!, a London-based but globally-focused campaign from spiked magazine, offer a unique one-day conference discussing press freedom in the 21st century. The event brings together leading American and European editors and journalists to explore whether press freedom is an endangered ideal, and why it is still vitally important to defend it.

The day is based around two debates: “Taming The Messenger: The New Threats to Press Freedom” looks at the major barriers to a free and open press today; while “The Press in the 21st Century: Are We All Journalists Now?” considers how the internet has changed journalism and press freedom.

Oct. 15, 2014 – Free Speech Now!

‘The Establishment is trying to choke journalism’


Nov
8
Sat
Fall of the Wall Day @ Check the schedule of events for locations
Nov 8 all-day
Fall of the Wall Day @ Check the schedule of events for locations | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Berlin, came to symbolize the Cold War struggle. On Nov. 9, 1989, East German authorities opened the border, and joyous Berliners began toppling sections of the wall in celebration.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Newseum presents a day of exclusive events about the rise and fall of one of history’s most powerful symbols of oppression.

Throughout the day, the Newseum will offer tours of its Berlin Wall Gallery, which tells the gripping story of how news and information helped topple a closed and oppressive society. The gallery features eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall — the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany — and a three-story East German guard tower that stood near Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin’s best-known East-West crossing.

Schedule of Events

“The Wall: A World Divided”

10:30 a.m.
NewseumDocs: “The Wall: A World Divided”
The film chronicles the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany after 40 years of separation, and the unique partnership among three world leaders — George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl — that ended the Cold War without a shot being fired.
Documentary Theater, Concourse Level

Author Mary Elise Sarotte

Noon
Inside Media: The Collapse of the Wall
Author Mary Elise Sarotte talks about her new book, “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall,” which reveals how a perfect storm of decisions by underground revolutionaries, disgruntled Stasi officers and dictatorial party bosses sparked an unexpected series of events culminating in the fall of the wall. A book signing will follow the program.
Knight TV Studio, Level 3

“Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall”

1:30 p.m.
NewseumDocs: “Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall”
The film memorializes the history of the wall as an oppressive structure dividing East and West Berlin and features interviews with those who lived through the challenging times of the Cold War. The film will be followed by a Q&A with co-producer John Michalczyk.
Documentary Theater, Concourse Level

Former ABC Reporter Barrie Dunsmore

3 p.m.
Eyewitness to History: Former ABC Reporter Barrie Dunsmore
Dunsmore, who covered foreign affairs for ABC News for 30 years, recounts his live coverage from Berlin on the night the Berlin Wall fell. During his career at ABC, Dunsmore focused on events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union as the Iron Curtain began to disintegrate.
Knight TV Studio, Level 3

Nov
9
Sun
‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart Discusses His New Film, ‘Rosewater’ @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm
‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart Discusses His New Film, ‘Rosewater’ @ Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Rosewater

“Rosewater”

The Newseum welcomes Jon Stewart for a screening of his new film, “Rosewater,” which chronicles the true story of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari and marks “The Daily Show” host’s directorial debut.

Bahari was arrested in 2009 while covering the Iranian presidential elections and detained for 118 days in the notorious Evin prison, where he was interrogated and tortured. The Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom groups led a campaign to free him and focus global attention on jailed journalists.

Following the screening, Stewart and Bahari will discuss the making of the film, the real-life story that inspired it and the continuing risks journalists face around the world. “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Gwen Ifill will moderate the discussion.

“Rosewater” opens nationwide on Nov. 14.

This program is exclusive to Newseum Sustaining members and members of the Friends of the First Amendment Society.  Friends Society members have also been invited to a VIP dessert reception with Jon Stewart following the program. For more information on this unique event and other benefits of Friends Society membership, please contact Ryan Merkel at 202/292-6294 or RMerkel@newseum.org.