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Jan. 24: Colloquium continues with lecture by film historian

Monday, January 24, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College will continue its Center for the Humanities colloquium series with four events this spring. This year’s colloquium, funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, is themed "The Humanities at Work: How Media Shape Society."

A lecture by Peter Lev, professor of electronic media and film at Towson University, will open the spring series Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. He will discuss the significance of Twentieth Century-Fox’s postwar political involvement, which culminated in an impromptu debate at the studio between Fox president Spyros Skouras and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

An internationally respected film historian, Lev is the author or editor of five books of film history and criticism, including most recently “The Literature/Film Reader” and "Transforming the Screen: The Fifties." In 2009 he received the prestigious Academy Scholars Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science for his forthcoming history of the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century-Fox and the Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies from the Literature/Film Association.

Future colloquium events include a lecture March 1 by Shannon Perich, a museum curator who specializes in the history of photography; a discussion March 22 between internationally celebrated abstract expressionist Sam Gilliam and filmmaker Rohini Talalla; and a lecture April 12 on WikiLeaks and national security by former on-air CNN and ABC News correspondent investigative reporter Mark Feldstein.

The Hood College Center for the Humanities was founded in 1990 by a group of Hood faculty members in the humanities. During its almost 20-year existence, the Center for the Humanities has presented a distinguished roster of events, including lectures, symposia, film series, concerts and poetry readings. In 1999, Hood was the recipient of a major challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that helps fund an annual lecture series and an NEH visiting scholar. In recent years, speakers have included capital punishment opponent Sister Helen Prejean, and the contemporary political philosophers Cornel West and Peter Singer.

For more information about the colloquium and the scheduled events, contact Rebecca Prime, Libman Professor of Humanities, by e-mail at or visit