The Still(s) of an Evening Event
Colleen Scheck, Producer
We decided late in our planning stages for our event with Joshua DuBois that we wanted a professional photographer there. When I asked Tony Bol, APM’s director of live event programs, for a recommendation, I didn’t even have the full sentence out of my mouth before he said “Ann Marsden.” Now I know why. Ann, a Minneapolis-based photographer, took some stunning pictures of our evening at the Fitzgerald Theater.
After it was all over, I stood on the Fitz stage wondering how everything had gone. I had been running around so much during the event, making sure x,y,z details happened as planned (and adjusting when it didn’t), that I hardly had a sense of if the event went well overall. But when I look at Ann’s photos, I don’t recall the frenzy of the evening; instead, I’m filled with a quiet, intimate sense of the power of convening community, the value of connection through public conversation, and the beauty of performance. Here’s some of my favorite pics:
Krista in action, gesturing with her hands. We often get media requests for these kinds of photos, so I’m sure this one will come in handy in the future.
Laughter. Everyone works hard - host and guest alike - to pull off a live event. And our conversations have a lot of weight at times. Lighter moments are lovely, too.
Audience = Inform. Inspire. Entertain. It’s what we do, who we serve.
A great photographer creates intimacy in crowded moments. An example.
…and has an eye for capturing VIPs both in and out of the frame.
The Fitz at dusk - a sense of place, a landmark.
Every guest at the Fitzgerald Theater is invited to sign the brick wall behind the stage. Yes, you guessed it - this is NOT an Ann Marsden photo. This is an attempt by yours truly to capture some behind-the-scenes action. Intimacy and beauty lost…must take photography classes…(Sigh).
Live Video: Religious Life in the Obama Era
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
Update: The streaming embed box has been replaced with the recorded versions of the interview, broken into two parts.
This is the place where we are streaming real-time video of Krista and Joshua DuBois’ conversation on Wednesday, May 20th. We’ll begin streaming at 6:45 pm CST with pre-show music through the instrumentation of guitar, oud, and violin. The conversation begins at 7:00.
Their conversation will focus on the changing face of religion in public life in the era of the Obama administration and the perspective DuBois brings through his new role as head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
A Q+A session, moderated by Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, will follow the conversation. The evening will begin with pre-show music of Robert Bell and David Stenshoel, providing some European/American influenced jazz through the instrumentation of guitar, oud, and violin.
Help us cover this event. Whether you live in the Twin Cities metro area or on another continent, you can participate by:
- Watching and Commenting. Submit your questions here, and we’ll ask them during the Q+A session.
- Twittering the Conversation. Respond to Krista or Dubois’ points with a tweet — or ask a question. We’ll feature your tweets on our Web site. The hashtag is #sofevent.
- Participating in a Salon. We’re selecting eight people to be part of a roundtable discussion with Krista and DuBois the next morning. If you live in the metro area, let us know if you’re interested. If you live elsewhere, we’ll inform you on how you can take part in the discussion through our live video feed.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Joshua DuBois heads the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The former associate pastor, advisor to President Obama, and Obama’s campaign Director of Religious Affairs, DuBois is charged with bringing people together around common goals regardless of political affiliation. DuBois received his undergraduate degree in political science from Boston University in 2003 and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He suspended his pursuit of a J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center to join Obama’s campaign.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Religious Life in the Obama Era: A Conversation with Joshua DuBois is Wednesday, May 20th at the historic Fitzgerald Theater at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for MPR members. All seats are reserved seating. For tickets, please call the box office at 651-290-1221. This event is being recorded for national broadcast. Broadcast date, May 28, 2009.
From the Background to the Stage
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
In the photo above, President Obama signs the proclamation marking May 7, 2009 as the National Day of Prayer. In the background: Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. If you haven’t heard, Krista will be interviewing DuBois for a live, public event at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul on May 20th (get the details here). But, just because you don’t live in Minnesota doesn’t mean you can’t attend and participate in the event!
We’ve opened up our production process (Krista’s unedited interviews, video of editorial sessions, blogs, First Person projects), but I’ve been remiss about not being able to share live events in real time — to share the magical energy of an event as it happens. We experimented with streaming video, unadvertised, with the Jean Vanier interview; it worked. We streamed Krista’s virtual conference with a class at American University; it worked. Then our connection flopped during the Brooks-Dionne event at Georgetown.
But, this time we’re in our environs. All the connections and pipes can be checked and double-checked. So we’re pushing forward with real-time video of Krista and DuBois’ conversation on our Web site (or embed it on your own blog). But, we need your participation to consider this a success. Ask questions and make comments as it happens, and I’ll make sure they get into the hands of our producers for consideration. Some will be asked by Krista on stage, crediting you. Or simply talk about it on Twitter (#sofevent) about ideas or points that you find interesting.
Please welcome others in your communities to attend. If you need any materials (posters, graphics, URLs, etc.), please let us know. Drop us a line. And, if you live in the Twin Cities metro area, we’re still looking for attendees for our salon with Krista the morning after!
(photo: Pete Souza/White House)