The Pryor Center Presents ‘Reporting for Arkansas: The Documentary Films of Jack Hill’

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Jack Hill Papers, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences kicks off the 2022-23 season of Pryor Center Presents at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, with a discussion by Dale Carpenter and Robert Cochran of their book recently published, Reporting for Arkansas: The Documentary Films of Jack Hill. This event is co-sponsored by University of Arkansas Press.

Reporting for Arkansas is a recovery and reissue from journalist and documentary filmmaker Jack Hill’s pioneering Little Rock production company, TeleVision for Arkansas. His best films reflect a passion for Arkansas history and a determination to report important events from a local perspective.

This presentation will feature Hill’s 2004 film, do what was right, about the 1954 public school desegregation in Charleston. Chaplain Reverend Sylvia Bell, who attended the Charleston school in 1954 and appeared in the film, will join Carpenter and Cochran on stage.

Carpenter taught broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking at the university for a quarter of a century. His documentary films have aired nationally on PBS and have won seven regional Emmy Awards. Carpenter also served as a cameraman on numerous Jack Hill documentaries, including do the right thing.

Cochran is an English professor and director of the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies at the U of A. He is currently finishing a book on Charles Portis. Cochran edits the Arkansas Character series for U of A Press, including Reporting for Arkansas is the fourth volume.

Pearl’s Books will have copies of the book available for sale at the Pryor Center.

This event will be held in person and via Zoom. If you would like to attend virtually, please register in advance with an email address associated with a Zoom account. Registration is not required for in-person participation.

The Pryor Center is located at 1 E. Center St., Suite 120. The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available in Fayetteville Square.

Upcoming events at the Pryor Center

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Monday, September 19 — 6 to 7 p.m. at the Juke Joint Exhibit in the Pryor Center Atrium
“From Juke Joints to Jacobin Literature: Arkansas Vernaculars and the Making of Southern Fiction”

Tuesday, September 27 — 6-7 p.m.
“Natural election: does my vote count?”

Thursday, Oct. 6 — 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
OLLI class: “Summit with Brummett” Register with OLLI to attend

Wednesday, Oct. 12 — 6-7 p.m.
The Pryor Center Presents “Race, Labor and Violence in the Delta”

Wednesday, Oct. 26 — 6-7 p.m.
One Book, One Community – Keynote with Angeline Boulley, author of Daughter of the Fire Keeper

Thursday, October 27 — 7-8:30 p.m.
“The National Buffalo River – The Next Fifty Years”

Wednesday, November 16 — 7 p.m.

“Prelude to War: A film screening and discussion”
Please see the online guide to this exhibition and related events for more information:

Wednesday, December 14 — 46 p.m.
OLLI Course: “Dog Mind” Register with OLLI to attend

About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, to preserve the collection at life and to connect Arkansans and the world to fundraising through the Internet, television shows, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects recordings from other organizations, organizes those recordings into archives, and provides public access to archives, primarily through the pryorcenter website. The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a seventy-five county statewide mission to collect, preserve and share audio and moving image recordings of the Arkansas history.

About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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