Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 14, 2012

Greensburg High readies for Chautauqua

Tess Rowing
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — In the regularly scheduled city school meeting Tuesday, history teacher John Pratt announced the guests for Chautauqua, and his students’ new show “See History Now.”

John Pratt revealed what his students have been working on: A syndicated television show planned to premiere at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 on the GTV and ETC channels.

The show will be called See History Now, a nod to Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now” which aired during the McCarthy era.

Murrow was the focal point of the George Clooney film, “Good Night and Good Luck” in 2005.

See History Now’s first distinguished guest will be Marvin Kalb, one of the few surviving “Murrow Boys.” Kalb, and the other future guests will be interviewed by students via Skype.

Other notable guests who have been interviewed include Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Ed Mitchell, who is one of 12 men to have walked on the moon; and Pierre Dulaine, ballroom dancer whose life was portrayed by Antonio Banderas in the film “Take the Lead.”

There are more guests with their interviews recorded and more planned to be interviewed.

Upcoming is also Pratt’s popular Chautauqua program, which will sound off Thursday, Nov. 29.

From 8 a.m. from to 3 p.m. that day, the Pirates will be welcoming Holocaust survivors in the Greensburg High School auditorium. From 7 to 9 p.m. that evening, and for a $5 admission fee, the public can visit with a panel of Holocaust survivors and experts, who will also be available for book signings.

This Friday will see author Greg Dawson, who has written a book about the first Nazi war crimes trials in the Ukraine, and a book following a Holocaust survivor’s story.

In accordance with this year’s Holocaust theme, Pratt is touting the words “courage, tolerance, respect, diversity,” in an attempt to teach his students such values.

Pratt said he is very adamant about project-based learning, saying that projects like See History Now and Chautauqua get students excited.

The interviews encourage critical thinking, as well as gets the kids to experience something different.



Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004