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Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Press Release: Bergen Community College to Donate Foreign Policy Television Series to the National Archives

College Park, MD. . . "Paradox of Power: U.S. Foreign Policy," a television series, created and produced by Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, will be donated to the National Archives and Records Administration at a reception at the National Archives Building beginning at 1 P.M. on Friday, November 5. This 54 half-hour series, tracing the development of foreign policy from the turn of the 20th Century to the 1970's, will become part of the permanent collection in the National Archives Special Media Archives Division. The event is open to the media. The National Archives is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW.

The nationally acclaimed series aired on CBS in 1978 and includes interviews with major players and observers of foreign policy in the 20th century. Among those featured are: Zbigniew Brezezinski, Assistant to President Carter for National Security Affairs; William Bundy, Assistant Secretary of State and of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations; and Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the Carter Administration and former Mayor of Atlanta.

In learning of Bergen Community College's interest in donating the series, Dr. Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records, Washington, DC said, "This is a magnificent resource for scholars and students alike. We are delighted that Bergen Community College is making this generous donation to the National Archives. It will enhance our existing collection chronicling U.S. foreign policy." Dr. Judith K. Winn, President of Bergen Community College, said "This series was considered a pioneering effort in distance learning, simultaneously serving both a general audience and college students. To see this work recognized for its enduring value makes us quite proud."

The November 5 event features highlights from the series and remarks by Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Winn. Invited guests include key policy-makers who were interviewed in the series.

Organized chronologically, "Paradox of Power" covers topics such as "America Between the Depressions: The 1890's to the 1930's"; "The New Crusades: World War II and the Cold War"; and "A New Global Structure." The series, accompanied by a study guide prepared in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association, was the core of a college credit course offered throughout the United States.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.


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