Lecture by author and documentary filmmaker Errol Morris.
Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value, Department of English, Harvard University
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
Filmmaker and essayist Errol Morris’s groundbreaking work tackles questions of truth, objectivity, and the role of expert knowledge in modern society. His documentaries are renowned for their innovative use of interviews and archival material. In his talk, “Investigating With a Camera,” Morris will reflect on his experiences researching and producing four of his most celebrated films – The Thin Blue Line, on a Texas murder case; Mr. Death, on capital punishment and Holocaust denial; The Fog of War, on Robert McNamara and the Vietnam War; and Standard Operating Procedure, on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. His new book,Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photographies, was released by Penguin Press in September.
Errol Morris has been listed as one of the top ten film directors in the world by The Guardian. Among his many awards, including five fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, Morris received the 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for “The Fog of War.” His ninth feature-length documentary film, “Tabloid,” debuted in 2010. He is currently a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the New York Times through his blog, Zoom, and his first book of essays, Believing is Seeing, was published in 2011 by Penguin Press.
This event is organized by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society, at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. For more information on Science, Technology, and Society events at Harvard University, please visit: www.ksg.harvard.edu/sts/. This lecture and discussion is free and open to the public.
**Screenings of Morris’ films will be held at the Brattle Theater the week of November 27. Visit the Brattle Theatrewebsite for schedule and ticket information: http://brattlefilm.org/category/calendar-2/repertory-series/seeing-is-believing-the-non-fictions-of-errol-morris/ **
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