An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr StoryMartin Doblmeier, Richard Crouter, Anthony Bateza, Lori Pearson, and Edmund N. Santurri Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Carleton College, Weitz Center for Creativity – Cinema (WCC161)
A special early screening of the new documentary An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story will be held on Sunday, February 19, at Carleton College. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier, and faculty members from St. Olaf and Carleton.
This new documentary film tells the dramatic story of one of the great American public intellectuals from the last century, Reinhold Niebuhr, and how he emerged as a voice of conscience during a defining era in American history. It features interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Civil Rights leader Andrew Young, New York Times writer David Brooks, philosopher and political activist Cornel West, and others. Actor Hal Holbrook reads for Reinhold Niebuhr. The film will air on PBS beginning in April 2017.
Although he may be best remembered today as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Niebuhr remains one of the most influential 20th century public theologians. Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking, as well as Senator John McCain, countless historians, theologians, political thinkers, and Martin Luther King Jr., who cited Niebuhr in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
Doblmeier, the filmmaker, will talk about the creation of this documentary. The panel will be moderated by Richard Crouter, professor emeritus of religion at Carleton, and will include Anthony Bateza, instructor of religion at St. Olaf, Lori Pearson, professor of religion at Carleton, and Edmund N. Santurri, director of the Institute for Freedom & Community and professor of religion and philosophy at St. Olaf.
Doblmeier has produced and directed more than 30 films focused on religion, faith, and spirituality that have aired on PBS, ABC, NBC, the BBC, and other broadcast outlets around the world.
Among of his well-known works are the documentaries Bonhoeffer (2003), Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa (2006), The Power of Forgiveness (2007), The Adventists Trilogy (2014), and Chaplains (2015).
This event is co-sponsored by the St. Olaf Institute for Freedom & Community and Martin E. Marty Chair in Religion and the Academy. Other co-sponsors are Carleton’s American Studies Program, Religion Department, and Arts @ Carleton.
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