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NYU’s Gallatin Lecture to Feature “Secrecy” Filmmakers and Screening of Award-Winning Documentary On Classified Information, Nov. 19 & 20

October 20, 2008
N-109, 2008-09


New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study hosts its Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Filming Secrecy,” delivered by filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss on Wed., Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. at its Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (715 Broadway at Washington Place/entrance on 1 Washington Place). Subways: R, W (8th St.); 6 (Astor Pl.).

Gallatin will also screen their film, “Secrecy,” which won awards at both the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Newport International Film Festival, on Thurs., Nov. 20, 5 p.m. at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts. The events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at For more information, call 212.998.7380.

To learn more about the film, visit “Secrecy” sheds light on the vast world of government secrecy by focusing on the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security. In doing so, “Secrecy” explores the tensions between our safety as a nation and our ability to function as a democracy.

Galison is a professor of the history of science and of physics at Harvard University. Galison’s books include How Experiments End (1987), Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps (2003), and Objectivity (2007), a co-authored work. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, “Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma,” has been shown frequently on the History Channel. Moss has taught filmmaking at Harvard University for the past 20 years. As a cinematographer he has shot films in Ethiopia, Hungary, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, and Turkey, on such subjects as famine and genocide. He has served on the documentary jury at the Sundance Film Festival and has served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Institute documentary labs. His film, “The Same River Twice,” premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit award.

Editor’s Note:

The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, and members of the wider community. The lectures reflect the Gallatin School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.

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