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Henry Louis Gates Jr/Eric Foner| Penny Stamps Speaker Series

54m 13s

Pausing for a moment of post-inaugural reflection, following one of our nation’s most contentious presidential elections, this conversation brings together filmmaker, scholar, journalist, and cultural critic, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with prominent historian Eric Foner to contemplate how a divided nation comes together

Episodes

  • 'The Public' Film Interview at Miami Dade Public Library: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    'The Public' Film Interview at Miami Dade Public Library

    S6 E1 - 11m 32s

    PBS Books interviewed actor, writer and director Emilio Estevez at the Miami Dade Public Library, discussing his new film 'The Public,' which dramatizes a peaceful sit-in by the homeless inside a large public library that winds up escalating into a standoff with the police and attracts attention from the media. Estevez is joined by Ryan O'Dowd , author of The Librarians Guide to Homelessness.

Extras + Features

  • Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 36s

    Ryan O'Dowd, speaking from his experience as the executive director of a large homeless shelter, describes libraries as a place offering more than shelter, but a respite for the homeless population of a community, which is at the crux of the events dramatized by writer, director, and actor Emilio Estevez in his new film, 'The Public.'

  • Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 40s

    Ryan O'Dowd is Executive Director of Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois, and the author of the Librarian's Guide to Homelessness, and when PBS Books interviewed him at the Miami Dade Public Library, he talked about how he wound up having a sustained collaborative role in discussing the issues addressed by Emilio Estevez' new film, 'The Public.'

  • Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 41s

    Emilio Estevez creative process for his new film 'The Public,' exposed him to several writers and researchers like Anne Lamott, who further illuminated, for him and for all of us, the vital role that libraries continue to play in serving and enriching their communities.

  • Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 2m 10s

    Emilio Estevez' new film, 'The Public,' has an ensemble cast, with actors like Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams and Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Here, Estevez talks about who he would choose as his favorite character from the script he wrote.

  • Film Development | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Film Development | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 45s

    Emilio Estevez initially wanted to get started on his new film, 'The Public,' back in 2008. In this interview, filmed at the Miami Dade Public Library, Estevez talks about how the 2008 Recession stalled production, and wound up allowing him to rework the story, improving it and augmenting its relevance.

  • The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 1m 52s

    Actor, writer and director Emilio Estevez talks about his inspiration for making 'The Public,' a film dramatizing as a peaceful sit-in by the homeless inside a public library that escalates into a standoff with the police and attracts attention from the media.

  • Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 1m 5s

    The film "The Public" premieres Friday, April 5th, and Estevez, who wrote and directed the film, said that librarians assured him that he effectively captured the experience of life inside of a library, while O'Dowd, who is executive director of a large homeless shelter, avowed the same response from those he surveyed.

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