An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
A film by Martin Doblmeier
Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
At the Newseum, Washington D.C. (7th floor).
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Post-screening panel featuring: filmmaker Martin Doblmeier; Center for Public Theology Director Mike McCurry; Josiah Young, Wesley's professor of systematic theology; The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne; Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor of newspaper and online journalism, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University; Rev. Dr. Carolyn J. Davis, director of strategic development, Public Religion Research Institute.
Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.
Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer” remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr’s impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. often turned to Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th Century. Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice — an American conscience — during some of the most defining moments in American history.
Rich in archival material, the documentary includes interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, Civil Rights leader Andrew Young, New York Times writer David Brooks, author Susannah Heschel and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is directed, written and narrated by Martin Doblmeier, the creator of dozens of provocative, award-winning films on faith including Chaplains and Bonhoeffer. Rich in archival material, the documentary features interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, Cornel West, Andrew Young, David Brooks, Susannah Heschel and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story is produced by Journey Films, Inc., and is a presentation of Maryland Public Television. Major funding provided by the Lilly Endowment. Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
Sponsored by the Center for Public Theology, a program of Wesley's Institute for Community Engagement at Wesley Downtown, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001.