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Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and Ciné present a screening of the 2020 documentary Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, in a slightly belated celebration of National Good Neighbor Day (September 28), which Carter commemorated in 1978. The screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion with:

  • Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts and Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Theatre & Film Studies (Moderator)
  • John Maltese, Saye Professor of American Government and Constitutional Law, Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Associate Dean, UGA School of Public & International Affairs
  • Spencer Frye, Executive Director, Athens Area Habitat For Humanity
  • Fenwick Broyard, Vice President of Brand Impact, Creature Comforts Brewing
  • Katie Beauchamp, Director of Hospitality, Creature Comforts Brewing

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, directed by Mary Wharton, charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic presidents in American history.

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