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    Professor McKeown Featured in Cuban Missile Crisis Documentary

    clouds over cubaTimothy McKeown, professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides expert commentary on “Clouds Over Cuba,” a new interactive documentary by The Martin Agency and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The film, narrated by actor Matthew Modine, offers a portrait, often harrowing, of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

    The two-hour film includes photos, footage, and speeches of President Kennedy and others involved in the 1962 event. During the film, a dossier will populate with multimedia items, including expert commentary by Professor McKeown that can be accessed later through the web or from a mobile device. Clouds Over Cuba also includes the ability to sync to iCal or Google Calendar so that viewers can relive the days leading up to the crisis in virtual realtime.

    Professor McKeown, said of his participation in the film, “One of the most interesting consequences of all of these interviews and talks has been the opportunity that it has provided me to meet and correspond with a number of people who were personally involved in the events of the crisis.  I have talked with a sailor on a US Navy destroyer that made the first interception of a Soviet merchant ship, with a member of the 82nd airborne Division who was deployed to prepare for invading Cuba, to a US submarine captain who was part of the blockade force, and to Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev (he has become an American citizen and is even an honorary brigadier general in the Rhode Island Militia!)  Most academic scholarship does not capture the public’s interest that way that the missile crisis clearly has.”

    To watch “Clouds Over Cuba,” please go to: cloudsovercuba.com

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