Boise State dean interviews former US president for documentary

Boise State University Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen interviewed former president Jimmy Carter for the project. 
Boise State University Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen interviewed former president Jimmy Carter for the project.  | File photo

Boise State University Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen is helping produce a documentary on Reinhold Niebuhr and recently returned from interviewing former president Jimmy Carter for the project. 

“An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” will look at the life of Niebuhr, a public intellectual and ethicist who greatly impacted the United States.

“It was an honor and a privilege to meet a former president of the United States,” Finstuen said. “But hearing President Carter discuss how important Reinhold Niebuhr was to his thinking as a statesman and as a human being made the occasion doubly special.”

Niebuhr resisted the Nazis from an ethical standpoint, was a civil rights promotor and a Democratic organization advocate. He also provided Cold War foreign policy stimulus and helped start Alcoholics Anonymous.

The film is being led by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and will be, according to Finstuen, “introducing Americans to one of the most pivotal American figures they never knew.”

The film is receiving its funding from several grants, including the Boise State Osher Institute Faculty Grant.

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