Documentarian Eric Stange: Echoes of History in a New Media Landscape

Critical Conversations: Eric Stange, Echoes of History in a New Media Landscape

Webster University welcomes documentary filmmaker Eric Stange to the Webster Groves campus for a week of activities as Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow in early March.

In addition to activities in several academic settings hosted by the School of Communications, public events include a featured talk on March 8 and a director's Q&A following the screening of his film, "Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive," on March 9.

Stange's address on March 8, "Echoes of History in a New Media Landscape," is part of the President's Contemporary Conversations for a Connected World speaker series.  A reception is scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, followed by Stange's address at 5:30 p.m. in East Academic Building Room 252/263.

Stange shares expertise on the filmmaking process and the television profession; media literacy and genre-blurring in our TV-dominated culture; historical literacy; analysis of non-fiction television; careers in media; documentary production; and art in film and documentaries.

About Eric Stange

Stange specializes in historical subjects, and new media forms of documentary storytelling.
Stange specializes in historical subjects, and new mediaforms of documentary

Eric Stange, executive producer and director for Spy Pond Productions, is a documentary filmmaker who specializes in historical subjects, and new media forms of documentary storytelling.

His films have appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, the National Geographic channel, and the BBC.

Most recently, he completed The Man Who Made Government Work, about James A. Baker, former Secretary of State in the George H. W. Bush administration. The film explores the end of the Cold War, the changing nature of U.S. power, and the roles of negotiation and compromise in effecting policy change.

Previous films for PBS include The Wall and After The Wall about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany; The War That Made America, about the French and Indian War; and Murder At Harvard, an analysis of historical inquiry through a real murder story.

His work in new media includes co-producing an award-winning iPhone app walking tour of historic Boston based on one of his films, among other projects for mobile media. He specializes in both short and long format pieces that combine rigorous research with innovative visualization techniques and imaginative storytelling.

Stange was a fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where he developed a mini-series, Picturing the Past, about forms of historical representation. He is member of the board of Common-Place, an academic web site for studies in early American history, and writes a column for American Heritage magazine on history and new media. See also

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