A panel of historians and producers discuss their experiences with the production and use of historical documentaries. Some of the questions will include: What are the hard choices between entertainment and historical accuracy? What production values are required to hold an audience? Must the script oversimplify to deliver a more compelling story? Do re-enactments of historical scenes enhance or distort understanding? What does TV history do best?
R. Hal Williams, SMU history professor and co-author of _America, Past and Present_, will serve as moderator. He is a specialist in U.S. history in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Sylvia Komatsu, veteran award-winning documentary producer, is senior vice president of television production at KERA/North Texas Public Broadcasting. Ms. Komatsu was the executive producer of the four-hour PBS documentary, "The U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848," which won an Emmy Award in 1998.
Ken Alfers and Julia Dyer, together created the 26-program history telecourse series, "Shaping America" at the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications of the Dallas County Community College District. Dr. Alfers was the series content specialist and is a professor of history at Mountain View Community College. Ms. Dyer, who has produced a number of independent productions, was the series producer/director.
Andrea Boardman, executive director of SMU's William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies; historian, writer, researcher, and producer for numerous historical documentaries.
This is a free public event but seating is limited. Please call for reservations by Feb. 18. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Panel from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. McCord Auditorium, 3rd floor Dallas Hall, 3225 University Ave.
Andrea Boardman, Executive Director
Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Dallas Hall Room 356
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750176
Dallas, TX 75275-0176
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