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Election 2016: It Matters

Election 2016: It Matters

The 2016 Presidential Election may be the most consequential in our lifetimes. One of the nation’s best-known political commentators, Bill Moyers, and his longtime friend and Canandaigua native, Micheal Winship, discuss what’s at stake.

To learn more about Bill Moyers:
To learn more about Michael Winship:
October 2, 2016
Season 6

Election 2016: It Matters

Featuring

Bill Moyers,

White House Press Secretary for President Lyndon B. Johnson and long time PBS host, member of the Television Hall of Fame, winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and recipient of a Lifetime Emmy Award

& Michael Winship,

former president of the Writers Guild of America East, Emmy Award-winning senior writer for Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams

Details

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Canandaigua-native Michael Winship has "always wanted my friend and colleague [Bill Moyers]  to see where I grew up, and the Ewing Forum not only offers that opportunity but even more important, gives Bill and me the chance to talk in public about this year’s roller coaster election and its impact on all of us.” In this unique opportunity, Moyers and Winship brought to the Forum stage their keen political insights and discussed their concerns with the state of our nation's politics.

In a public commentary before the event, Winship pondered the financial doings of Trump and Clinton, writing, “…it doesn’t get any lower than what we’ve seen during this wretched campaign season — a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits ‘the unethical versus the unhinged.’” Earlier in July, Moyers and Winship co-wrote a blog following Trump’s acceptance speech. “The GOP’s new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American,” they wrote. “The tone was divisive, dark, dystopian and grim.”

During their conversation and later in an extended Q&A with the audience, both elaborated on these and other concerns, and offered their thoughts on what our citizens can and must do to improve our country's polarized politics.

Bill Moyers's BIO:

Bill Moyers has been a major figure in public affairs and journalism for more than five decades. He began his journalism career at 16 as a cub reporter for his daily hometown newspaper in Marshall, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, his career path took him from the University of Edinburgh Scotland to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas where he received his Masters of Divinity degree before joining the staff of the Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson. Moyers was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps (1962-63) and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson for domestic policy before serving as his press secretary from 1965-67.

He was publisher of Newsday for three years before joining the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in 1971, hosting Bill Moyers Journal. He served as senior correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization for the support of independent journalism.

With his wife Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill was responsible for highly praised explorations of death and dying, addiction and recovery, faith and reason, as well as numerous acclaimed PBS series: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; America’s First River: Bill Moyers on the Hudson; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Becoming American: The Chinese Experience and Amazing Grace.  Until their retirement in January of 2015, they also produced the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002–2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007–2010), and Moyers & Company (2012–2015).

For his work, Moyers has received more than 36 Emmys, six prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award and has been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A best-selling author, Moyers’ works include Listening to America, Moyers on America: A Journalist and his Times, Moyers on Democracy and Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues.

Michael Winship's BIO:

Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow at the progressive news website Common Dreams, where he writes and edits political analysis and commentary; immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO; and immediate past chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.

Winship is a veteran television writer and producer who has created programming for America’s major PBS stations, CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) and National Geographic, among others.

In 2008, he joined his longtime friend and colleague Bill Moyers at Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and their writing collaboration has been close ever since, working together on the Journal, as well as the public TV series Moyers & Company, the book Bill Moyers: The Conversation Continues and the BillMoyers.com website. They share an Emmy and three Writers Guild Awards for writing excellence. Winship’s television work also has been honored by the Christopher, Western Heritage, Genesis and CableACE Awards.

Essays and commentary by Winship, solo or in collaboration with Moyers, have appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, Truthout, Alternet, Raw Story and many other publications in print and online. From 2011-2015, he was senior writing fellow at the public policy think tank, Demos. As one of the two leaders of the successful, 2007-08 Writers Guild strike against the Hollywood studios and networks, he received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Officers Award.

October 2, 2016
Season 6
Election 2016: It Matters

Election 2016: It Matters

Featuring

Bill Moyers,

White House Press Secretary for President Lyndon B. Johnson and long time PBS host, member of the Television Hall of Fame, winner of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and recipient of a Lifetime Emmy Award

& Michael Winship,

former president of the Writers Guild of America East, Emmy Award-winning senior writer for Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and Schumann Senior Writing Fellow for Common Dreams

Details

MODERATOR:
  • DESCRIPTION:

Canandaigua-native Michael Winship has "always wanted my friend and colleague [Bill Moyers]  to see where I grew up, and the Ewing Forum not only offers that opportunity but even more important, gives Bill and me the chance to talk in public about this year’s roller coaster election and its impact on all of us.” In this unique opportunity, Moyers and Winship brought to the Forum stage their keen political insights and discussed their concerns with the state of our nation's politics.

In a public commentary before the event, Winship pondered the financial doings of Trump and Clinton, writing, “…it doesn’t get any lower than what we’ve seen during this wretched campaign season — a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits ‘the unethical versus the unhinged.’” Earlier in July, Moyers and Winship co-wrote a blog following Trump’s acceptance speech. “The GOP’s new big dog blew the whistle Thursday night for nearly an hour and a half and it was loud and shrill enough to reach the ears of every angry, resentful, disaffected white American,” they wrote. “The tone was divisive, dark, dystopian and grim.”

During their conversation and later in an extended Q&A with the audience, both elaborated on these and other concerns, and offered their thoughts on what our citizens can and must do to improve our country's polarized politics.

Bill Moyers's BIO:

Bill Moyers has been a major figure in public affairs and journalism for more than five decades. He began his journalism career at 16 as a cub reporter for his daily hometown newspaper in Marshall, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, his career path took him from the University of Edinburgh Scotland to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas where he received his Masters of Divinity degree before joining the staff of the Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson. Moyers was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps (1962-63) and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson for domestic policy before serving as his press secretary from 1965-67.

He was publisher of Newsday for three years before joining the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in 1971, hosting Bill Moyers Journal. He served as senior correspondent for the CBS documentary series CBS Reports and for five years was senior news analyst of the CBS Evening News. He is president of the Schumann Media Center, a nonprofit organization for the support of independent journalism.

With his wife Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill was responsible for highly praised explorations of death and dying, addiction and recovery, faith and reason, as well as numerous acclaimed PBS series: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; America’s First River: Bill Moyers on the Hudson; The Language of Life; Genesis: A Living Conversation; The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith; Becoming American: The Chinese Experience and Amazing Grace.  Until their retirement in January of 2015, they also produced the weekly television series NOW with Bill Moyers (2002–2004), Bill Moyers Journal (2007–2010), and Moyers & Company (2012–2015).

For his work, Moyers has received more than 36 Emmys, six prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association, the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award and has been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A best-selling author, Moyers’ works include Listening to America, Moyers on America: A Journalist and his Times, Moyers on Democracy and Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues.

Michael Winship's BIO:

Michael Winship is the Schumann Senior Writing Fellow at the progressive news website Common Dreams, where he writes and edits political analysis and commentary; immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO; and immediate past chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.

Winship is a veteran television writer and producer who has created programming for America’s major PBS stations, CBS, the Discovery and Learning Channels, A&E, Turner Broadcasting, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) and National Geographic, among others.

In 2008, he joined his longtime friend and colleague Bill Moyers at Bill Moyers Journal on PBS and their writing collaboration has been close ever since, working together on the Journal, as well as the public TV series Moyers & Company, the book Bill Moyers: The Conversation Continues and the BillMoyers.com website. They share an Emmy and three Writers Guild Awards for writing excellence. Winship’s television work also has been honored by the Christopher, Western Heritage, Genesis and CableACE Awards.

Essays and commentary by Winship, solo or in collaboration with Moyers, have appeared in Salon, Huffington Post, Common Dreams, Truthout, Alternet, Raw Story and many other publications in print and online. From 2011-2015, he was senior writing fellow at the public policy think tank, Demos. As one of the two leaders of the successful, 2007-08 Writers Guild strike against the Hollywood studios and networks, he received the Sidney Hillman Foundation Officers Award.

The 2016 Presidential Election may be the most consequential in our lifetimes. One of the nation’s best-known political commentators, Bill Moyers, and his longtime friend and Canandaigua native, Micheal Winship, discuss what’s at stake.

To learn more about Bill Moyers:
To learn more about Michael Winship:

2020-2021 Season Postponed

Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 Canandaigua Forum has been postponed. Happily, all four great programs have been rescheduled for 2021-22.