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Classicist to speak on radio propaganda

March 30, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Classical scholar Dr. Amanda Wrigley will talk about politics and propaganda on public radio Thursday, April 15, as a visiting lecturer at Western Michigan University.

The free, public talk, "Politics, Propaganda and the Public Imagination: Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s-1950s," will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 3025 of WMU's Brown Hall.

Wrigley earned a doctoral degree from Open University. Her research focuses on the public engagement with ancient Greek drama as an educational subject, cultural element and entertainment source. Her published work concentrates primarily on its use in 20th-century Britain.

Wrigley is currently visiting the United States as a Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics at Northwestern University. In this position, she helps organize and run the yearlong Sawyer Seminar series "Out of Europe: Reception and Revision of Greek Theatre in the United States." Her latest electronic resource, "Classicizing Chicago," is currently in development and will include more than 50 illustrated essays on Chicago's history of cultural engagement with Greek and Roman antiquity. She is preparing to curate a two-month exhibit on this topic at the Northwestern University Library.

From 2001 to 2009, Wrigley worked at the University of Oxford. As a researcher for its Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, she developed, designed and compiled a database of nearly 10,000 productions of Greek and Roman drama performed internationally on stage, film and radio, from the Renaissance to the present.

Wrigley's lecture is part of the WMU Department of English's Scholarly Speaker Series. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, the journal Comparative Drama, and the WMU Department of Foreign Languages.

For more information on WMU's English Scholarly Speaker Series, contact Dr. Anthony Ellis, assistant professor of English, at anthony.ellis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2606.

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