"The Peabody Decades" uses the Peabody Awards Collection, the largest broadcasting archives in the Southeast, to tell stories about radio, television, and history. Our ongoing exhibits and twice-monthly screenings bring to light some of the Collection's hidden treasures. Potpourri screenings are curated by UGA students and feature a dialogue between student curators and Grady graduates from the decade in question. Feature screenings present made-for-tv movies and are followed by discussions with UGA professors.
Exhibits focusing on the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s are on display in the Peabody Gallery until December 24, 2013. Our screening series resumes January 14, 2014 with our 1970s Potpourri. All screenings will take place in the Russell Special Collections Library auditorium at 300 S. Hull Street and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact email@example.com
September 10, 2013 - 7:00pm. 1940s Potpourri: America in the 1940s: More Than the Home Front
"America in the 1940s: More than the Home Front" shows children's programs, news stories, and public service programming from throughout the decade to paint a fuller picture of the World War II era. Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Shannon Donaldson (BA in History, expected May 2015) and Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards.
September 19, 2013 - 3:00pm. 1940s Matinee: World War II: The Perilous Fight
This documentary (broadcast in England in 2002) uses rare color footage to portray events in the European theater between D-Day (June, 1944) and the War's end in May, 1945. Screening begins at 3:00, followed by commentary from WWII veteran and 1947 UGA alumnus Claude Williams.
September 24, 2013 - 7:00pm. 1940s Movie: The Tuskegee Airmen
"The Tuskegee Airmen" tells the story of the African-American aviators who overcame racism to become the "Fighting 99th," the first squadron of African-American fighter pilots in World War II. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Andre Braugher, John Lithgow, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Produced by HBO and winner of a 1995 Peabody Award. History professor Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr., will lead a discussion following the screening.
October 8, 2013. 1950s Potpourri: America in the 1950s: Drop Out, Not Fall Out
"America in the 1950s: Drop Out not Fall Out" shows how television was used as a Cold War weapon, first to demonstrate, and then to close, the educational gap between the US and the USSR. Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Hallie Bulmer and Millard Grimes (Grady ABJ '51).
October 22, 2013. 1950s Movie: Requiem for a Heavyweight
Our 1950s feature is "Requiem for a Heavyweight" from the Peabody Award-winning "Playhouse 90" series on CBS. It stars Jack Palance as a boxer on the ropes. Rod Serling won a special 1956 Peabody Award for the script. Screening begins at 7:00. Associate professor Ray Paolino of the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies will lead a discussion following the screening.
November 5, 2013. 1960s Potpourri: "Based on a True Story"
The current generation of college students has learned a lot about the 1960s through film and television drama. But how accurate are those portrayals? This screening shows us what was really going on in the 1960s. Refreshments served at 6:30. Screening begins at 7:00, followed by dialogue between student curator Mikala Bush and guests Mark Smith and Gloria Ricks Taylor (both Grady ABJ '66).
November 12, 2013. 1960s Matinee: Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing
Frank Sinatra and guests Diahann Carroll and The 5th Dimension perform classics including "Hello, Young Lovers" and chart-toppers like "Stone Soul Picnic." Beautifully planned and impeccably produced, this 1968 special was recognized with a 1968 Peabody Award. Screening begins at 3:00.
November 19, 2013. 1960s Feature: Gideon's Trumpet
Our 1960s feature is Gideon's Trumpet. Henry Fonda stars as Clarence Gideon, a Florida convict whose letter-writing campaign led to the landmark 1963 Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing the right of legal counsel to anyone accused of a crime. This Peabody Award-winning made for TV movie, broadcast in 1980, also stars Jose Ferrer as Abe Fortas. Professor Russell C. Gabriel, the Director of Georgia Law's Criminal Defense Clinic, will lead a discussion following the screening.