11/10/22: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train”

Screening/discussion of "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" with filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, moderated by Professor Jordana Dym.

Watch a full replay of the November 10 event.

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922–January 27, 2010). Zinn was a noted author, historian and social activist who authored numerous books on U.S. history including the seminal “A People’s History of the United States.”

On November 10, 2022 at 6:00p CST we hosted another installment of Media Burn’s Virtual Talks with Video Activists series, featuring a screening/discussion of excerpts from the 2004 documentary “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.” After the screening, there was a discussion with filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, moderated by Jordana Dym, Professor of History at Skidmore College.

The film weaves archival footage with interviews with Alice Walker, Daniel Berrigan, Noam Chomsky, and others. The film provides great background information for teachers on the life and activism of Howard Zinn in the civil rights, anti-war, and free speech movements. Narrated by Matt Damon with music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg.

“With narration taken entirely from Zinn’s own writing, read by actor Matt Damon, filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller skillfully capture the spirit of Zinn’s life work.” — Link TV

“Thoughtful, exciting, moving.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Finally, a documentary about one of America’s most important academics.” —San Francisco Chronicle



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