After the ceremony, the Academy Award winner put aside his academic robes to take part in an informal ‘in conversation’ interview in front of an invited audience. As well as discussing his past achievements he discussed his next project, “Snowden”, about Edward Snowden the US government contractor whose revelations were the start of a series of global surveillance disclosures. During the Warwick event Oliver Stone described the film as “a fascinating story- it tells you what’s going on, the new state of things.”
He was interviewed Dr J.E. Smyth of Warwick’s department of History who also organised the event. She said: “Oliver Stone is Hollywood’s most dedicated and influential political filmmaker. Throughout his career he’s asked tough questions about America and its legacies of greed, corruption, and imperialism. I’m delighted that the University of Warwick is honouring his career.”
During the conversation he discussed his repertoire of films and screenplays. He has written and directed over 20 full-length feature films, among them some of the most iconic films of the three decades. Many have been political and even controversial such as “Salvador” (1985), which revealed the U.S. government’s involvement in Central America; “Platoon” (1986), the first of his three Vietnam films; “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989); “JFK” (1991); “Natural Born Killers” (1994); and “Nixon” (1995).
Stone was born September 15, 1946 in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68, and was decorated with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971. He worked as a taxi driver, merchant marine, messenger, advertising salesman, and production assistant before breaking through as a filmmaker. His script for “Midnight Express” (1978) earned him his first Academy Award and “Scarface” (1983) transformed the gangster genre and became a cult hit.
Though focused on controversial questions about the U.S., Stone’s films have a global audience and massive cultural impact, among them “Wall Street” (1987), an exposé of American capitalism; “World Trade Center” (2006), a true story of 2 (of only 20) 9/11 survivors; and “The Doors” (1991), a biopic of influential rock icon Jim Morrison. He has produced or co-produced a dozen films including “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), “The Joy Luck Club” (1993), and “Reversal of Fortune” (1990).
Stone’s documentaries include three on Fidel Castro (“Comandante” (2003); “Looking for Fidel” (2004); and “Castro in Winter” (2012)); one on South America, “South of the Border” (2009), prominently featuring Hugo Chavez and six other Presidents in a continent undergoing huge social changes. He also made “Persona Non Grata” (2003) on Israel-Palestine relations.
His recent “The Untold History of the United States” (Showtime, 2012), is a 12-hour televised documentary series interrogating the conventional, triumphalist narrative of U.S. history. The companion book, co-written with Peter Kuznick, was a best seller.
As part of the LGBT History Month, there will be an exhibition of LGBT history-related documents in the Warwick University Modern Records Centre (MRC) that will be available throughout February. At 5:30pm on Monday 8th February 2016 there is an open reception featuring some of the additional documents that have not been included in the main exhibit. At 6pm there will be a discussion panel entitled, "Let’s Talk Sexuality: issues facing women and non-binary people in today’s LGBT+ community", which will be run jointly with the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society (WASS).
The website of the People's History of the NHS, ran by the research team of the Cultural History of the NHS project at the Centre for the History of Medicine in the Warwick University History Department, has now been launched:
The People’s History of the NHS allows you to help us research what the NHS means and how it has shaped our lives since its creation. It is part of our bigger academic project investigating the cultural history of the NHS, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Collecting personal stories and memories about the NHS is one of our central objectives.
Former History research student John Morgan (now an Economic History Society Power Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London), who successfully defended his Warwick PhD thesis earlier this month, was highly commended in the 2015 Journal of Historical Geography Best Paper Prize. His article 'Understanding Flooding in Early Modern England' (vol. 50, pp. 37-50) was one of three runners-up in this prestigious competition and the department would like to congratulate him on this success.
The Department is pleased to announce that it will be offering a range of History and History of Medicine Doctoral and Masters scholarships for October 2016 admission. Closing dates: 19 January 2016 for MPhil/PhD applicants and 15 February 2016 for MA applicants.
To be considered, candidates should complete an online University application.
For full details of the awards and the application procedure, please visit the PG Funding Opportunities webpage.
The Department would like to congratulate PhD candidate Hannah Graves, who has been awarded the prestigious 2015 HOTCUS Postgraduate Essay Prize for her essay “The Value of an Endorsement: Reassessing Hollywood’s ‘Race Year’ Through the Debate over Pinky (1949)”.
The Warwick University History Department is saddened to report the death of former student Mary Legge, who passed away peacefully on 29th March 2015 at Cransley Hospice in Kettering. Mary was a mature part-time student at Warwick for many years, completing her BA in Historical Studies from 2000 to 2006, and completing an MA in History from 2006 to 2008. Mary was a great role model and inspiration to her fellow part-time students, always interested, supportive, and ready to engage with whatever activities were taking place, and she will be remembered fondly.
As a result of outstanding success in both research and teaching, the Warwick University History Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of four fixed-term assistant professors, all starting in September 2015:
The closing date for applications for all four posts is 20th April 2015. Please direct any informal queries to the Head of Department, Professor Daniel Branch, at D.P.Branch@warwick.ac.uk.
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