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Director Oliver Stone and Historian Peter Kuznick

Oliver Stone and Peter KuznickOscar-winning director Oliver Stone and noted historian Peter Kuznick will speak at Illinois State University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Braden Auditorium of the Bone Student Center.

The event, which is sponsored by the Department of History and is part of the Illinois State Speaker Series, is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available for pick up Jan. 2, 2013, at the Braden Box Office. There is a maximum of four tickets per person. Teachers wishing to acquire a block of tickets for their classroom can contact the Department of History at (309) 438-5641.

A larger-than-life figure in American filmmaking, Stone is a director, producer and screenwriter who has won numerous Academy Awards for his work on such iconic films as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Midnight Express, The People vs. Larry Flynt and W. He has also directed documentaries such as Looking for Fidel, Comandante and Persona Non Grata.

Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University as well as serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history and Cold War culture, including Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America.

Stone and Kuznick created The Untold History of the United States, a documentary series on Showtime that has also been released as a book. With the series, the duo reject the notion of American exceptionalism, and instead present U.S. history through the prism of imperial power, examining such events as the use of the atomic bomb.

The Speaker Series of Illinois State University seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community a platform to foster dialog, cultivate enriching ideas and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.

If you need special accommodations to fully participate in these programs/events, please contact Julie Barnhill, Presidential and Trustee Events, at (309) 438-8790. Please allow sufficient time to arrange accommodations.       

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