UGA to screen documentary, hold discussion about late CIA chief

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host a film screening and panel discussion on the late William Colby, one of the most influential and controversial directors of central intelligence.

Co-sponsored by the UGA School of Public and International Affairs, the program will be held Nov. 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, 300 South Hull St. It is open free to the public.

Colby served at a time when the Congress was engaged in investigating the CIA for illegal domestic spying in 1975-1976. After Colby’s death in 1996, his son Carl Colby began a journey that led to the documentary, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. The film has played in more than 60 cities since it opened last year and received positive reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Following the screening of the documentary, a discussion will be held. Colby will be joined by Loch K. Johnson, Kristie Macrakis and Fred Magnet. UGA Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs and Meigs Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, Johnson is the author of National Security Intelligence. Macrakis, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is the author of Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi’s Spy-Tech World. Magnet, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UGA in 1978, is a retired CIA official.

For more information, contact russlib@uga.edu or call 706/542-5788.

Free event parking is available in the Hull Street Parking Deck. For more information, see http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl/visit/parking.html.

To learn more about the School of Public and International Affairs and the Richard B. Russell Library, see http://www.spia.uga.edu and http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell.