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Leadership Center to host discussion of documentary “The Fog of War”

Bethlehem, Pa., February 10, 2005—The Leadership Center at Moravian College will host a viewing and discussion of the 2004 Academy Award winning feature documentary, The Fog of War, on Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m., in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Room 102. The program will be led by Dr. James Blight and Dr. janet Lang (note: janet spelled with lowercase) from Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. They will present a 37-minute portion of the film that focuses on the Cuban missile crisis and the Vietnam War. After the viewing, they will lead a discussion of the film with students and the campus community.

The Fog of War is a documentary about Robert McNamara, secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The film outlines McNamara’s "eleven lessons" learned during this time and focuses primarily on his failures in Vietnam. Some of the lessons include improving military efficiency, understanding your enemy, and the frustrations of ineffectively dealing with human nature. For more information on the film, visit: http://www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar/ (the official website for the documentary).

Blight is a professor of international relations at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. He is the author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers After the Missile Crisis (2002, with Philip Brenner) and the expanded, post-9/11 edition of Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century (2003, with Bob McNamara).

Lang is a senior research associate at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, where she is co-director (with James G. Blight) of the Critical Oral History Project. Lang is the author of A Quiet Revolution (2003), which focuses on her research on the Cuban missile crisis. Together, they served as the co-principal substantive advisers to filmmaker Erol Morris and Bob McNamara, the subject, narrator, and "star" of The Fog of War.

The Leadership Center at Moravian serves as the focus of activity for the Moravian Leadership Initiative. Located in the Haupert Union Building, the Center houses a resource library, meeting/conference room, office space for Student Government, the Comenian newspaper, and IMPACT program board. The center also provides a faculty resource room in support of teaching innovations, and offices for the co-directors.