The Authors

Carolyn Anderson is Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She was a founding member of the UMass Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and for decades represented UMass on the Five College Film Board. She has authored or co-authored scores of scholarly journal articles and book chapters, typically on film and television history and criticism and lectured on film internationally. With Thomas W. Benson, she co-authored Reality Fictions: The Films of Frederick Wiseman (1989, 2002) and Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies (1991). Professor Anderson’s current book-in-progress is a social history of a century of American tourism to Rome.

­Thomas W. Benson is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Rhetoric Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University. He was editor of The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Quarterly, and The Review of Communication, the author of many chapters and journal articles on rhetoric, public address, and film. He has taught at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, University of California at Berkeley, and, since 1971, at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author or co-author of many books, including Reality Fictions: The Films of Frederick Wiseman (with Carolyn Anderson); Documentary Dilemmas: Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies (with Carolyn Anderson); Writing JFK: John F. Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs Crisis; and Posters for Peace: Visual Rhetoric and Civic Action.