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President's Lecture: The War of Currents

Growing up in Pittsburgh, screenwriter Michael Mitnick saw the name Westinghouse everywhere, which sparked an interest in the engineering pioneer and his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison. In 2017, he brought that tumultuous story to the big screen with The Current War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison and Michael Shannon as Westinghouse. Mitnick, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and co-producer Jayne Sullivan join Heinz History Center president Andy Masich for President's Lecture: The War of Currents. They'll discuss the making of the film, the historic rivalry, and Pittsburgh's role in all of it.

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