Ramsey Clark

Hartwick To Screen Stillman Documentary on Ramsey Clark

April 21, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, Hartwick College will hold a screening of the feature documentary A Life of Principle ... The Ramsey Clark Story by filmmaker Joseph C. Stillman. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus.

Since 2005, Joseph C. Stillman has known Ramsey Clark and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and researching his contributions to history. Before screening his "work in progress" documentary, he provides audiences with a brief chronological storyline of the former Attorney General's life, motivation in achieving some of our country's greatest pieces of legislation, and his experiences in the Justice Department under presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

For the past 50 years, both as a public servant and as a private activist, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has challenged the abuses of U.S. power and championed human rights and democratic principles. Through an examination of his experiences and enriched by interviews with prominent and insightful leaders, this in-depth documentary will explore Ramsey Clark's contribution on the world stage to human rights and justice and its implications for future generations.

Interviewees include Ramsey Clark, Noam Chomsky, Mimi Gronlund, Roger Wilkins, and Julie Gronlund. Some of the topics covered are the Vietnam War, inequalities in the Draft, the struggle for Civil Rights, idealism of the Kennedy Years, Martin Luther King Jr., the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, Voting Rights, and militarism in the United States.

Stillman has been a filmmaker in Oneonta, NY for the past 40 years.  He is a 1974 graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography on Santa Barbara, Ca., where he majored in Motion Picture production. During his career, he produced, directed and/or filmed more than fifteen motion pictures, over 300 national TV commercials and more than 150 other films all over the globe. 

This event has been funded by the Cyrus Mehri '83 Global Pluralism Fellowship, The Hartwick College Language Department, the Political Science Department and Latin American-Caribbean Studies (LACS).

For further information, please contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of Spanish and LACS Coordinator Dr. Esperanza Roncero at 607-431-4849 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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