Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 7 – 9pm
Irish premiere of Moynihan (2018) followed by a panel discussion with co-directors Joseph Dorman and Toby Perl Freilich organised by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
A biographical portrait of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, twentieth century colossus: public intellectual, policy specialist, ambassador and U.S. Senator from New York. The film captures the spirit of Moynihan's remarkable ideas as they evolved over the course of his tumultuous life in postwar America, featuring both the triumphs and the controversies. A poor boy who grew up on the streets of Depression-era NY to become a Harvard professor, Moynihan devoted his decades-long career -- serving both Democratic and Republican administrations -- to battling poverty.
Possessed of a natural wit that appealed to both elite and street, Moynihan remains one of the most widely quoted people of his generation. Moynihan's legacy continues to be claimed by both the left and right, even as he defies easy categorization. The film is an exploration into the heady and boisterous world of ideas that helped shape his complex worldview, and the policy prescriptions that have stood the test of time. At a moment of degraded political discourse, Moynihan re-elevates the debate.
Seán Donlon, an Irish diplomat, was Consul General in Boston (1969/71), Ambassador to the US (1978/81) and Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs (1981/87). He has been Chancellor of the University of Limerick (2002/07) and an executive director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2013/16).
Joseph Dorman wrote and directed the critically acclaimed, theatrically released documentary, Arguing the World about the controversial sixty-year political journey of the eminent political writers and thinkers, Daniel Bell, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer. The New York Times described it as “enthralling… one of the deepest portraits of… of ideas ever filmed,” and The New Yorker raved “Superb.” It was named one of the best films of 1998 by The New York Times, and New York Magazine.
Prof. Daniel Geary
Daniel Geary is the Mark Pigott Associate Professor of U.S. History at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of 'Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy' and contributes to the Irish Times, Washington Post, and Jacobin.
Toby Perl Freilich
Co- Director/Co- Producer, MOYNIHAN
Toby Perl Freilich directed, produced and wrote INVENTING OUR LIFE: The Kibbutz Experiment, hailed by the NY Times as “fascinating;” "poignant… and thought-provoking” by Variety; and “excellent and recommended” by NPR.”
Campus Location: Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Exhibits, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required) Opening soon
Contact Name: Zuleika Rodgers
Contact Email: RODGERSZ@tcd.ie
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