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TV Producer Eric Stange to Speak at UNH Nov. 15

By Lori Wright, Media Relations
November 14, 2007

Eric Stange, a well-known producer of film and television documentaries, will speak at UNH on Thursday, Nov. 15, on “Picturing the Past: Why is it so hard for TV to get history right?” The lecture takes place at 12:40 p.m. in the MUB, Theater II, and is free and open the public.

The lecture is the fifth in a two-year long series, “The Historian and the Public,” sponsored by the Museum Studies Program of the department of history. The lecture series brings to campus historians, museum professionals, film-makers, and others to discuss ways to bring the best in historical scholarship to a public eager to know its past. Stange’s lecture will be followed by questions from the audience, then a brief reception, in the same room.

Stange is the founder of Spy Pond Productions and has been a television documentary producer, director, and writer. His work has appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC. His projects include “The War that Made America” (2006), a PBS series on the French and Indian War; “Murder at Harvard” (2003), with historian Simon Schama, broadcast on the PBS series American Experience; and “Love in the Cold War,” a documentary about an American family torn apart by their commitment to the American Communist Party, also broadcast on American Experience.

The Museum Studies Program in the department of history trains graduate students to work with museums, historical societies, and similar public history institutions. The department recognizes that many Americans are more likely to learn their history in museums, or from documentary films, than from the publications of scholars. The program is designed to give students special training and experience in museum settings, while at the same time providing a solid academic grounding in the best historical scholarship.

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