• Documentary Film: Best of Enemies

    Oct 7th, 2015
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID. Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Brooks + Rhodes College

    In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

    Directed with consummate skill by Memphis filmmaker and author Robert Gordon and his Academy Award-winning, Los Angeles-based counterpart Morgan Neville, Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

    Robert Gordon will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A moderated by Dr. Charles Hughes, Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College.

    Directors: Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville | USA | 2015 | 87 minutes

    Note: On Tuesday, October 6 at 5 pm, The Memphis Center at Rhodes College, CODA (Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts) and the Department of Political Science are holding a panel discussion, Buckley vs. Vidal: The Media and American Politics from 1968 to Today. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. The discussion will be held on the Rhodes College campus, inside Buckman Hall’s Blount Auditorium.

    For more information, please contact Charles Hughes at or 901-843-3379.

    Robert Gordon – Co-director of Best of Enemies, award-winning writer and filmmaker
    Amy Jasperson – Associate Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College
    Michael Nelson – Fulmer Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College
    Robert Saxe – Associate Professor of History, Rhodes College

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  • Brooks Milongas

    Oct 21st, 2015
    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Lessons from 6:30 to 7 pm, followed by dance demonstrations until 8 pm.

    Brooks Milongas happens every third Wednesday of the month.

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