Moynihan is a feature-length documentary film about one of the most significant political figures of the second half of the 20th century, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom was called “the nation’s best thinker among politicians since Lincoln, and the best politician among thinkers since Jefferson.” He served in senior positions under four Presidents, both Democratic and Republican, before being elected four times as Senator from New York state. A scholar, who taught at Harvard University, and a gifted writer of nearly two dozen books and numerous articles, his ideas influenced public thinking about poverty and social policy, urban affairs, race and ethnicity, the United Nations, education, government secrecy, the Cold War, and many other topics. This film, which recounts his upbringing on the edge of poverty, his career in public life, the controversies in which he was involved, and the influence his work as a thinker and politician had, provides a portrait of the kind of public figure all too rare today. Joseph Dorman, an award-winning filmmaker, who co-produced and co-directed Moynihan, will participate in the screenings. (Dirs. Joseph Dorman, Toby Perl Freilich, 2018, 102 min)
Co-sponsoring the screenings of Moynihan will be The Tocqueville Program, the Center for Representative Government, Civic Leaders Living Learning Center, Political and Civic Engagement (PACE), the Media School, the Certificate in Applied Research and Inquiry (SPEA) and the Law and Public Policy Program (SPEA).
*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.
*The Screening Room temperature tends to run cool, so please remember to bring a jacket or sweater.
*No food or drink is permitted in the Screening Room.
Further details and reviews of Moynihan can be found at http://danielpatrickmoynihan.com/.