January 14, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1970s Potpourri: Express Yourself.
From children's programs made by kids instead of for them to indelible sitcom characters- tuning in to 1970s television helped viewers "tune in" to themselves as well. Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Shaunteri Skinner and Helen Kelley and Cynthia Donaldson, both 1979 graduates of the Grady College of Journalism.
January 28, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1970s Movie: " Green Eyes."
In 1972, Lloyd Dubeck returns from Vietnam with great hopes for the future. However, he encounters bitter frustration and his hopes never materialize. Disillusioned and suffering from feelings of guilt, he returns to Saigon, where he searches among thousands of war orphans for the child he fathered but left behind. Paul Winfield stars in this 1977 Peabody Award-winning production from ABC Theatre. Screening begins at 7:00. Dr. Jim Ford of the Department of Human Development and Family Science will lead a discussion following the screening.
February 11, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1980s Potpourri: "That's Legit"
What made the 1980’s “Legit”? Gain some perspective on what would have interested young people of today had they lived in the totally awesome ‘80s! Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Geoffrey Loften and Jody Danneman (Grady ABJ '88).As-yet-unscheduled Beatles event.
February 25, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1980s Movie: "An Early Frost."
The first major film to deal with HIV/AIDS, "An Early Frost" stars Aidan Quinn as an attorney who must tell his parents (played by Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands) that he is gay… and has AIDS. This 1985 Peabody Award-winning drama deals tenderly with the main characters while portraying the fear and prejudice surrounding the disease. Screening begins at 7:00. Associate professor George Conti of the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies will lead a discussion following the screening.
March 4, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1990s Potpourri: Defining Women.
Media coverage of women's issues, the types of fictional women depicted on television, and the roles available to women media producers all expanded in the exciting 1990s. These trends are illustrated with clups from "Sex and the City," "Ellen," "Roseanne," and "The Simpsons." Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Brittney Belt and Lori Johnston (Grady ABJ '95).
March 25, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 1990s Movie: "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern."
In profiling the struggle of her parents, Russ and Mary Jane Jordan, to keep their family farm intact, filmmaker Jeanne Jordan created an extraordinary visual metaphor for the major changes afflicting rural America. Moments from classic western movies, such as "The Gunfighter" and "High Noon," provide dramatic counterpoint to the events that transpire as the Jordans fight to maintain their homestead. This documentary was broadcast on PBS as part of "The American Experience" and won a 1997 Peabody Award. Screening begins at 7:00. Discussion with Dr. Shane Hamilton, Dept. of History, to follow.
April 15, 2014. The Peabody Decades: 2000s potpourri: I Couldn't Look Away.
The new millennium brought a new golden age of television drama, but also heartbreaking news stories: the September 11 terror attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Afghan and Iraq wars. Our Peabody Decades season finale includes programs chosen by all our student curators as well as some selected by Peabody Decades audience members.