Memphis Centered Best of Enemies Panel

Event Date

Tue, 10/06/2015 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm


Room Number



Robin Abernathy


(901) 843-3260

Buckley vs. Vidal: The Media and American Politics from 1968 to Today. The event begins at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, October 6th. Blount Auditorium Buckman Hall Rhodes College During the turbulent 1968 presidential campaign, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal held a series of televised debates that spotlighted deep ideological and cultural divisions in the United States. The acclaimed new documentary Best of Enemies chronicles these debates and their influence on the relationship between the media and American politics. As we approach another presidential election, in an ever more crowded media landscape, understanding the contexts and consequences of Buckley and Vidal's battles has never been more important. In this discussion, an esteemed group of panelists--including Best of Enemies' co-director Robert Gordon--will discuss the debates and their impacts. Panelists include: Robert Gordon, co-director of Best of Enemies, award-winning writer and filmmaker; Amy Jasperson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College; Michael Nelson, Fulmer Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College; and Robert Saxe, Associate Professor of History, Rhodes College. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Charles Hughes at or 901-843-3379. This event is presented by The Memphis Center at Rhodes College, CODA (Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts) and the Department of Political Science. It is held in collaboration with the Brooks Museum of Art, who are hosting a screening of Best of Enemies on Wednesday, October 7th. For more information and tickets, please visit http:///