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Second Johnson Lecture Examines "Cowboys, Samurai, and the Crisis of Leadership"

Inger Sigrun Brodey
Inger Sigrun Brodey
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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:

  • Thursday, March 10-Corruption, rhetoric and the limitations of political leadership are among the themes of "Robert Penn Warren's ‘All the King's Men' and the Political Leadership of Willie Stark" given by Steven Ealy, senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc.
  • Thursday, March 17-Award-winning poets R.T. Smith (editor of Shenandoah) of W&L and Sarah Kennedy of Mary Baldwin College will lead a seminar discussion on "Desperate Times and Desperate Measures: Poetry Out of the Ivory Tower?"
  • Thursday, March 31-John Kirby, department of classics at the University of Miami, gives reflections on the intersection of actual history, folklore, high literary art and popular culture in a lecture titled, "Why Vampires?"