Wednesday, March 14, 2007

As America Enters A New Post-Cold War Threshold Era, American Classical Composers And Artists Contemplate Their Responses


A New Public Affairs Television Initiative premiering on PBS in April 2007

"The America at a Crossroads initiative represents a major effort by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to fulfill its mandate to promote programs that inform, enlighten, and enrich the public dialogue about crucial public affairs issues and enhance the knowledge and citizenship of all Americans. This initiative focuses on the post-9/11 world and how it has affected the American imagination as well as our political, economic, cultural and social realities, our security and our relationship with other nations."


"America has reached a crossroads. Today, as at the dawn of the Cold War, we are entering a new era in our relationship to the world. We are witnessing historic transformations of foreign relations, domestic policy and politics, strategic doctrine, and aspects of culture, with consequences that will reverberate for years.

America at a Crossroads ("Crossroads"), a major CPB public-affairs initiative, aims to inform our civic conversation and advance the national and international debate through incisive, innovative television programs that address some of our most pressing issues: the duration and direction of the war on terrorism, the use of American power against states that harbor terrorists, preemptive military action, unilateralism, America's international role and image, regime change, homeland security, civil liberties conflicts, and all the other still-unfolding aftereffects of 9/11.

CPB seeks programs that examine and explain where we are and where we're going as a nation — programs that elevate, enlighten, entertain, and, most importantly, rise above the minutiae of the moment and see the big picture. Ultimately, CPB seeks programs that reveal something new and important about ourselves, our world, and our future."


Press Release
January 30, 2006
CPB Announces America at a Crossroads Production Grants; WETA to be the Presenting Station

"The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that 20 documentary films have been selected to receive production funding under its "America at a Crossroads" initiative. The Corporation also announced that WETA, the leading public broadcaster in Washington D.C., has been selected as the presenting station for the initial eight programs in the series.

Collectively, the "Crossroads" documentaries focus on the challenges and opportunities America and the world face in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Individually, the films -- each approximately an hour in length -- will examine a host of topics, including: the international struggle for the heart of Islam; the competing demands of security and civil liberties; America's international role and image abroad; how the American military is adapting to the war on terror; and the so-called "Bush Doctrine."

"'America at a Crossroads' is a series of documentaries that illuminate the changes that have taken place in America and the world since 9/11," said CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison. "I am delighted that WETA has agreed to be the presenting station for the initial eight films in the series, which will begin to air in the spring of 2007." Included in the eight films that WETA will be presenting are: The Transatlantic Paradox (Anti-Americanism Abroad); Holy War; Inside the American Empire with Robert Kaplan; Inside the Muslim Brotherhood; Islam vs. Islamists; The Case for War; and Arab Music: Dissonance and Harmony.

The 20 "Crossroads" films chosen for production funding were competitively selected from about 440 proposals submitted to CPB by producers around the world in June 2004. The proposals underwent a rigorous review and selection process that drew heavily on the expertise and advice of an array of foreign, security and civil liberties specialists, including expert readers and a distinguished advisory board whose members include senior policy makers from the past four administrations.

"'America at a Crossroads' will represent some of the finest film-making talent as well as some voices new to public television," said Michael Pack, CPB's Senior Vice President for Television Programming. "Great care has been taken to ensure the films will satisfy the highest professional standards of broadcast journalism." ...


About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1000 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related on-line services.


Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, Future European Union.

Will the West and its Christian Evangelical leaders treat Hagia Sophia as it does Judea and Samaria?

Photo credit: With thanks.


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