Events & Programs

Events & Programs

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.

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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’

Oct. 20, 2014 – Free Speech Now!

‘The best answer to bad speech? More speech’

 

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.  A VIP dessert reception with Jon Stewart will follow 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.

Nov
10
Mon
Dissent or Treason: Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media @ Knight TV Studio
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm
Dissent or Treason: Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

National security, secrecy and a free press don’t always mix – but the Constitution says they must. Join the Newseum Institute for a discussion on these issues with contributors to a new book, “Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media.” The book is a compilation of essays looking at the constitutional foundations and limitations of the U.S. government in a contemporary context, and was hailed by one reviewer as a “trove of valuable material” for anyone wishing to understand the tension between the nation’s National Security apparatus and journalists in the age of Snowden, Manning and Wikileaks.

 

Nov
13
Thu
Free Speech, Cartoons and the Prophet @ Knight TV Studio
Nov 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Speech, Cartoons and the Prophet @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

In 2005, a series of cartoons satirizing the prophet Mohammed were published in a Danish newspaper, sparking worldwide protest from Muslims and igniting a global discussion on free speech, free press, religious freedom and blasphemy – along with riots and threats of violence against the journalists who published them then or later in a variety of publications.

Jyllands-Posten cultural editor Flemming Rose defended the decision to publish the 12 cartoons. His new book, “Tyranny of Silence,” discusses his efforts in the years since to explain why. Join Rose and the Newseum Institute’s Gene Policinski for a discussion about the still-disputed decision to publish and the emerging global view on what “free speech” means.

 

Nov
15
Sat
Inside Media: Escaping East Germany @ Knight TV Studio
Nov 15 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: Escaping East Germany @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Throughout the Cold War, the border between East and West Germany seemed impenetrable. But despite the risk, some East Germans still found the courage to cross the border.

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, two former East German citizens talk about their incredible journeys out of East Germany.

Ralph Kabisch constructed an underground tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall in 1961, allowing 57 East Germans to escape to the West. After authorities discovered what later become known as “Tunnel 57,” they stepped up their security efforts to prevent future underground escape attempts.

Toralf Pilz fled to the West in 1988 by crossing through Hungary and the former Yugoslavia. An exceptional athlete, he and a friend swam to freedom across the Danube River, which was part of the Iron Curtain separating Western Europe from Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe.

Kabisch later became a tunnel construction engineer and is now retired. Pilz is a German diplomat currently employed in the Caucasus.

Additional panelists include:

  • Günter Nooke, a member of the first democratically elected Parliament of the GDR, and currently an adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Dr. Maria Nooke, who runs a museum in Berlin commemorating the fall of the wall at the site of “Tunnel 57″

This program is supported by the German Embassy and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

German Embassy25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin WallKonrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

 

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Nov
22
Sat
Inside Media: The Impact of War at Home @ Knight TV Studio
Nov 22 @ 2:30 pm
Inside Media: The Impact of War at Home @ Knight TV Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson, author of the new book “Bedrooms of the Fallen,” displays photographs from his book and talks about the impact of war at home.

“Bedrooms of the Fallen” features a collection of photographs depicting the intact bedrooms of service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the photographs were originally published in a New York Times Magazine feature, for which Gilbertson won the National Magazine Award for documentary photography.

Gilbertson will sign copies of his book following the program.

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