Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick View and Discuss "The Untold History of the United States" at IIT
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, associate professor of history and director of Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, visited Illinois Institute of Technology to present and discuss an episode of their Showtime documentary series "The Untold History of the United States." This series examines U.S. history with a critical eye, and likely offers a very different version of history than the one most Americans learn as children. The episode screened, "The Bomb," explores America's development and use of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II against Japan — and the repercussions it has had on history. About 150 students, faculty, and staff members attended the event.
After the viewing, Stone and Kuznick welcomed questions from the faculty and students in attendance. The two discussed the collaborative process, their unique visions for the project, and how two people from such different backgrounds were able to help each other improve the quality of the project. They discussed how small, often forgotten events can have a significant impact on the course of history.
Following the discussion, Stone and Kuznick met with the audience, took photos with fans, and signed copies of the book that is a companion piece to the documentary.
The event was sponsored by the Department of Humanities, College of Science and Letters, and Lewis College of Human Sciences.