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Hamilton's America

The Arkansas Educational Television Network partnered with the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance to host a free advance screening of 'Hamilton's America' on October 9, 2016.

The screening, which was free and open to the public, was held in Mills A of the Mills Social Sciences Center, located along Washington Avenue on the Hendrix campus in Conway. Following the screening there was an interdisciplinary discussion titled '(Re)Presenting History: Hamilton's America' about the documentary, the musical and related themes.

Hamilton's America Screening

'Hamilton's America,' the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon 'Hamilton' – winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize – premiered on AETN as the season opener for the PBS Arts Fall Festival Friday, October 21, 2016.

The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. The full story of this political genius – a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation's most vital architects – has largely been forgotten by history until now.

Today, Hamilton's fan club is vocal and growing, thanks to Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composer and actor Miranda's revolutionary musical. With its young cast claiming America's history as its own, 'Hamilton' is redefining how audiences learn about history.