Lexington, Virginia • January 1, 2011
The second lecture of the Johnson Lecture Series at Washington and Lee University is on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Hillel House. Inger Sigrun Brodey, associate professor of comparative literature and Asian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will speak on "Cowboys, Samurai, and the Crisis of Leadership."
Each of the lectures in the Johnson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. They are funded in part by W&L's Johnson Program for Leadership and Integrity.
Brodey's talk will examine the cinematic and political visions of Japan's Akira Kurosawa and America's John Ford. Each director had a distinct vision of heroism and through their films, they shaped their viewers' understanding of nationhood and history.
Brodey received her B.A. from The Colorado College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She also attended Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, West Germany.
The dates, speakers and topics of the remaining lectures of the Johnson Lecture Series are: