PBS quot;Crossroadquot; preview prompts heated panel

by Aformer Beacon / Beacon Correspondent • April 11, 2007

correspondent. "It is nice to see tuition going to good things."

Atwan agreed. "The event is very good," he said. "There are many different points of view."

Hosenball said he was delighted his film has received so much coverage. "I have worked so long and in depth on this topic, I am thrilled it is getting the exposure," he said. "I didn't expect this."

Tuesday's event was just one in a 25-city national tour to promote "America at a Crossroad." The series, comprised of 11 programs, will run for six nights, in two-hour blocks from April 15-20.

According to the official PBS Web site, the documentary "explores the challenges confronting the post-9/11 world-including the war on terrorism, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the experience of American troops serving abroad, the struggle for balance within the Muslim world, and global perspectives on America's role overseas."

"The purpose is for the events to publicize the screening and have discussion with the audience," said Jeffrey Lerner, vice president of Dan Klores Communications and a 1999 Emerson graduate. Lerner's company is working with PBS to promote the new program.

"There was a good discussion from the participants and it was clearly a lively debate," Lerner said.

According to Simpson, "This is the most important filmmaking of this generation." She added, "I enjoyed it immensely. It was great talking to people who know something about the war. The discussion was really well rounded and balanced."