Oliver Stone to Present Documentary at UCR Oct. 24

The award-winning director and co-author Peter Kuznick will screen episode from Showtime series “The Untold History of the United States”

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick will screen “The Bomb” at UCR on Oct. 24.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and his co-author, Peter Kuznick, will screen an episode from their Showtime series “The Untold History of the United States” at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in University Theatre.

After the screening, Stone and  Kuznick, a professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, will discuss their 10-part documentary series in a question-and-answer session moderated by Shaun Bowler, associate dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Stone and Kuznick will be available afterward to sign copies of their companion book.

The event, hosted by UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society, is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5. Permits may be purchased at the parking kiosk at the campus entrance on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

The episode Stone and Kuznick will screen is “The Bomb,” which examines the strategies behind the U.S. use of atomic bombs in Japan at the end of World War II, the resulting mistrust by the Soviet Union of its WWII Allies, and the legacy of a process that could end life on Earth.

The documentary series uses little-known documents and archival materials to re-examine under-reported parts of modern American history, from the bombing of Japan and the Cold War to the fall of Communism, the Vietnam War and the age of terrorism. Stone and Kuznick wrote a 750-page companion book, “The Untold History of the United States” (Simon & Schuster, 2012), copies of which will be for sale during the book signing.

Georgia Warnke, professor of political science and director of the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR, said when the opportunity arose for a remarkable coup de theatre, the center leaped at it.

“This is an extraordinary chance to bring to campus and to put on stage one of the most acclaimed movie directors of our generation and a provocative historian,” she said.

Oliver Stone has written or directed more than 20 full-length feature films, including “Nixon,” “W,” “Wall Street,” and most recently, “Savages.” He has won Academy Awards for directing for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and best screenplay for “Midnight Express.” The Vietnam veteran also has won Golden Globes for “JFK,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Platoon” and “Midnight Express.”

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