About the Event
VPM and the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia will be presenting a special 75-minute screening of Bush 41: The Art of Statecraft during the 2020 Virginia Film Festival. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the 5-day festival has shifted to a primarily virtual format where audiences will be able to stream films, watch pre-recorded Q&As, and partake in virtual live events from the safety of their homes October 21 through October 25!
About the Film
George H.W. Bush’s presidency occurred at a crucial turning point in modern history—the transition from the Cold War to the post-Cold War world, when heightened US-Soviet tensions gave way to delicate negotiations between the former adversaries. While the Cold War ended without a shot being fired, this peaceful outcome was far from certain at the time. President Bush’s personal relationships with foreign leaders, his diplomatic skills, and his years of experience in national security affairs made him well suited to lead the nation through those uneasy and challenging times. He also assembled a team of experienced colleagues who had worked together in prior administrations. Together, they constituted a national security dream team, or —as General Colin Powell (USA, Ret.) called it —“a gang of professional killer angels.” His foreign policy team is known as the “gold standard” of national security apparatus.
A discussion with director Lori Shinseki, former Governor of New Hampshire John Sununu, and University of Virginia White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance, Philip Zelikow, moderated by Miller Center Director & CEO, Bill Antholis will follow the film.
Introduction by Jayme Swain, CEO, Virginia Foundation for Public Media and President, VPM
For more about the film, background about the major world events it features, and additional interviews with members of the Bush foreign policy team, go HERE.