“Good Night, and Good Luck” Journalism on Screen

    April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    “See the Oscar-nominated drama, Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by and starring George Clooney, followed by an onstage discussion with journalist, New York Times bestselling author and University of Arizona School of Journalism graduate, Lynne Olson!

    Journalism on Screen is an ongoing series combining films that explore the world of journalism with lively discussions with experts and industry professionals. Presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.

    In this timely and highly-relevant dramatization of journalist Edward R. Murrow’s battles with anti-Communist crusader Joseph McCarthy, Oscar-nominated director/star George Clooney creates an entertaining and provocative look at a dark chapter of American history. In the mid-1950’s, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program “See It Now,” Murrow challenges Senator Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.   Despite mounting pressure from CBS’ corporate sponsors to stop their investigation, Murrow and Friendly continue their heroic efforts to halt McCarthy’s destructive and foolhardy campaign. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Strathairn), Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella and Jeff Daniels. (Dir. by George Clooney, 2005, USA, 93 mins., Rated PG)

    Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, was published by Random House in 2017. Born in Hawaii, Olson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist for ten years, first with the Associated Press as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. Olson lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Stanley Cloud, with whom she co-authored two books.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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