University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB to Co-host “Reel Elections: Politics on Film” Lecture

September 14, 2012
Dr. Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs and the Chair of the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas
Dr. Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs and the Chair of the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas

Belton, TX – In the heat of the political season, The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the Institute for the Humanities at Salado are presenting a special lecture from award-winning documentary filmmaker and political scholar Dr. Paul Stekler Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m. in the Mayborn Campus Center on the UMHB campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Stekler is a prominent documentarian who has focused much of his career on U.S. politics.  His presentation Reel Elections: Politics on Film will be a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at elections and selling of candidates. The lecture will feature video clips from a selection of his political documentaries and insights into current local and national races.

Stekler is a Professor of Public Affairs and the Chair of the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose films have won two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, and three national Emmy Awards, and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 

One of his award-winning works was a four-hour PBS special about grassroots electoral politics entitled Vote for Me: Politics in America.  Among his other award-winning programs are: Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style, a feature length PBS documentary about politics in Texas, and George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire.

One of Stekler's latest projects was The Choice 2008, a two-hour PBS Frontline documentary about the Obama-McCain presidential race. He is currently working on a film about New Orleans and race relations after Hurricane Katrina, Getting Back to Abnormal, as well as films about the lives of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins.

In addition to his duties in the Radio, TV, Film department at UT, he is the Director of Research for the new Center for Politics and Governance, within the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Stekler holds a PhD in political science fromHarvardUniversity.

Pre-registration is not necessary for this free event. For information about the Institute for the Humanities or this event, please contact the Institute office at 947-5729 or ifh@vvm.com, or go to the website at www.salado-institute.org

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