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The Missiles of October: What the World Didn't Know

The Center for Study of Democracy at St. Mary's College of Maryland and The Patuxent Partnership

invite you to attend a viewing and discussion of the documentary

THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER: What the World Didn't Know

The Cuban Missile Crisis + 55

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017  |  Documentary viewing: 5:30pm  |  Q&A: 7:30pm

St. Mary's College of Maryland - Cole Cinema, Campus Center - 47600 Mill Field Drive, St. Mary's City, MD 20686


On the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the secret deployment of Soviet missiles in Cuba brought the world to the brink of an unthinkable nuclear war, Emmy-award winning filmmaker Sherry Jones presents "The Missiles of October: What the World Didn't Know."

The gripping documentary is told through minute-by-minute accounts of those involved from the United States, the Soviet Union and Cuba.

Today, as North Korea's nuclear missile program reaches the point of no return and the explosive rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang escalates, the world is increasingly alarmed. And the WHITE HOUSE COULD FACE ITS GRAVEST CHALLENGE since the crisis historian Arthur Schlesinger has said, "The most dangerous moment in human history."

Thomas Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University and Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya, director of the Archive's Russia programs, will join producer Jones to discuss the missile crisis and how its mishaps, miscalculations - and lessons - resonate today, 55 years after that perilous October.


Attendance is free for this program. Please click on the registration box below.



Sherry Jones is an award-winning producer with dozens of television documentaries to her credit. Based in Washington, D.C. she heads Washington Media Associates, an independent production company.

In addition to a 28-year collaboration with Bill Moyers, she has produced more than 20 films for the PBS documentary series, FRONTLINE. She has also produced dozens of other programs for PBS — including the Emmy-winning WATERGATE PLUS 30: SHADOW OF HISTORY; six documentaries based in the former Soviet Union — including the award-winning FRONTLINE special, RETURN OF THE CZAR; and three specials for ABC NEWS, including PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: THE MISSILES OF OCTOBER, the story of the Cuban missile crisis from the points of view of all three countries involved; HIROSHIMA: WHY THE BOMB WAS DROPPED, broadcast on the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima; and, in June 2004, PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: GUANTANAMO. That film, which was broadcast on the eve of the historic Supreme Court decision in Rasul v. Bush, was the first long-form television investigation into the Bush administration's detention and interrogation policies.

In September, 2004, she produced 9/11: FOR THE RECORD, a NOW WITH BILL MOYERS special. Jones also produced DEAD WRONG: INSIDE AN INTELLIGENCE MELTDOWN, an examination of pre-Iraqi War intelligence — which first aired in August, 2005, as a special edition of CNN PRESENTS.

Her most recent production was MOYERS ON AMERICA: CAPITOL CRIMES, a 90-minute expose of the Jack Abramoff/Tom Delay scandals, broadcast in October, 2006, on PBS.

Sherry Jones is a Fellow of the National Security Archive, and has been honored as a "Woman of Vision" by Women in Film and Video. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and is a member of the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Fame. Published May 29, 2009.

Start Date & Time: 18 Oct 2017 at 17:30
End Date 18 Oct 2017

Event Cost: $0.00

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