NYT Reports on the Briscoe Center’s Acquisition of the Abbie Hoffman Papers

The Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the papers of political activist Abbie Hoffman (1936–1989), which join others at the center related to social and racial justice, anti-war protest and environmental activism, as well as political organization and free speech activities across the ideological spectrum. Hoffman gained national attention in the late 1960s for his theatrical protests at the New York Stock Exchange, the Pentagon, Woodstock, the Democratic National Convention, and the ensuing landmark trial, United States v. Dellinger, et al., which upheld the constitutional rights to public demonstration and free speech. The center is currently displaying selections from the Hoffman papers in the exhibit hall.

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Briscoe Center Announces First Recipient of Morley Safer Award

Hannah Dreier

The Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin announced today the recipient of the first Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting. The journalism award, created in partnership with the family of the late CBS News correspondent Morley Safer, recognizes reporting that changes how we understand the world.

The 2019 Safer Award recipient is Hannah Dreier for “Trapped in Gangland,” a series for ProPublica, jointly published in New York Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, which focused on the federal government’s bungled crackdown on the Central American gang MS-13 last year. The groundbreaking series exposed a pattern of law enforcement bias and negligence that tore apart the lives of Latino immigrants who had fled their violent Central American homelands.

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“Covering the Moon” exhibit now open

The Briscoe Center presents Covering the Moon: Apollo 11 and the News Media, on display in the center’s exhibit hall. In 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins captured the American imagination with their successful voyage to the the surface of the moon. Television networks invested heavily to cover this watershed moment in history, bringing the crew of Apollo 11 into the living room of millions of Americans, an event that has remained etched in America’s cultural memory. The center’s news media archives include the papers of Walter Cronkite and CBS senior producer Robert Wussler, as well as those of other journalists, producers, and communication professionals who covered the moon landing.