B Movies and Bad History: Patriotic Picture Shows


December 6, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Take a tour of some of the best (and worst) patriotic movies and television shows with historians, authors, and media experts as they expose the historical facts and fiction on-screen.

Join film experts for an exploration of some of the best, worst and laughable examples of American patriotism through film clips and conversation. We'll learn about Hollywood, its objectives and its portrayal of both Americans and Nazis through the years of the 20th century. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibitions American Flags and State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, both on view at the Bullock Museum.  

Educators, to receive CPE credit email education@thestoryoftexas.com

About the Presenters

Donna Kornhaber is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches film. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Department of American Studies. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cinema Journal, Film History, and Camera Obscura, among numerous other journals and edited collections. She is the author of Charlie Chaplin, Director (2014). Her next book, Wes Anderson, is forthcoming in fall 2017 as part of the Contemporary Film Directors series from the University of Illinois Press. Dr. Kornhaber was recently named a 2016 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her project Women’s Work: The Female Screenwriter and the Development of Early American Film.

Michael Stoff is currently the director of the Plan II Honors Program, member of the Normandy Scholar Program and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stoff has written and edited many books including, Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947 (1980), The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Age (1991). Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic (6th ed., 2008), and Experience History: Interpreting America's Past (8th ed., 2011).


State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda education programs sponsored by Lisa and Sandy Gottesman.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.