The Art of Dialogue: Discussions and Films with Filmmakers, Authors, Poets and Scientists

Saturdays, January 4 thru March 22, 2014

5:00 - 7:30 pm. 

March 8

Film: I Shall Return

Speaker: Film Writer and Producer, Austin Hoyt

“I Shall Return”


Douglas MacArthur was the most famous soldier in the history of the US Army. In 1942 he presided over its biggest defeat - the surrender of more than 70,000 American and Filipino troops on the Bataan peninsula and the island fortress of Corregidor guarding Manila Bay.

The route of his redemption would lie through 3,000 miles of Japanese controlled oceans, if he could get the ships. Across endless jungles, if he could get the planes. Through the jungles, if he had to walk. If the Joint Chiefs of Staff authorized his return.  And they had not.

 (MacArthur's goal was to liberate the Philippines en route to Japan.  This was not what Admiral Ernest J. King, Chief of Naval Operations, had in mind.  A war against Japan had always been the Navy's job. ) 



Austin Hoyt was a producer and executive producer at WGBH Boston for 38 years until March 2003 when he founded his own company, Austin Hoyt Productions. He won an Emmy Award in 1999 for his four-hour biography of Douglas MacArthur and an Emmy and Writers Guild of America Award in 1983 for LBJ Goes to War, a film in the acclaimed series Vietnam: A Television History. Hoyt won a Peabody Award for his contributions to American Experience’s special series of Presidential portraits - biographies of Ronald Reagan (1998) and Dwight Eisenhower (1993).


March 15

Film: Ospreys in New England

Speaker: Osprey expert and Filmmaker Alan Poole and Jacob Steinberg


In an era when discouraging stories about the environment abound, Ospreys in New England- and around the globe- provide a dazzling ray of light. Historically abundant but nearly wiped out by pesticide contamination in the 1950s and 60s, these fish hawks have since bounced back with extraordinary vigor, recolonizing many of their old strongholds, such as the Westport River. Alan Poole and Jacob Steinberg, local Osprey experts, will tell this story with NOVA film clips from the 1980s and stunning new HD footage. They will explore Osprey life at the nest as well as recent trends in populations, where New England Ospreys are settling, and why. 


Long time resident of South Dartmouth and local osprey researcher, Alan is based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithica, NY, where he edits Birds of North America Online, an 18 volume, 18,000 word compendium on the life histories of North America's breeding birds. He is the author of Ospreys: a natural and unnatural history (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989).


Jacob studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Since 2006, he has worked as a guide and educational instructor in Peru, teaching and documenting a variety of subject matters including wildlife conservation, indigenous culture, and natural history. An active conservationist, among Jacob's highest priorities are sustainability and biodiversity preservation. 


March 22

Talk: What Planning a Road Trip and Writing a Novel have in Common

Speaker: Arthur Golden


Arthur Golden grew up on Lookout Mountain, the fourth and last child of Ruth (Golden) Holmberg. During summers in high school, he worked at The Times in a variety of jobs, where his mother was publisher.

After graduating from Baylor in 1974, Arthur attended Harvard, where he majored in art history and became interested in the subject of Japan. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Japanese history from Columbia University and then spent a year working in Tokyo at an English-language magazine. 

Memoirs of a Geisha was published in 1997, and spent two years on The New York Times bestseller list. It has sold millions of copies in English and has been translated into more than forty languages around the world, in addition to being made into a movie in 2005      |      508. 636. 4177      |      1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790      |      W - Sat, 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 5