Lectures > Lawrence Levine
OUSD Teaching American History Grant
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

 “Man and Superman: Success, Individualism, 
and Institutions in Depression America”
(2003-2004 OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program)

Lawrence Levine, Department of Hisotry
George Mason University

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Lawrence W. Levine is a Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor of history and cultural studies at George Mason University in Virginia. He is a former MacArthur fellow and the author of a number of books, among them Black Culture and Black Consciousness, The Unpredictable Past: Explorations in American Cultural History, Highbrow/Lowbrow, and The People & the President: America's Extraordinary Conversation with FDR . In his book, The Opening of the American Mind: Canons, Culture, and History. (Boston: Beacon Press, 1996), Levine writes about the history of academia as an institution and disputes the claims made by historian Alan Bloom in his book The Closing of the American Mind (interview with Levine about the book).

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  • The People and the President: America’s Conversations with FDR , October 15, 2002 As part of the Center for the Book’s Books & Beyond author series, cultural historians Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine gave a lecture on their book, The People and the President: America’s Conversations with FDR (Beacon Press, 2002).

  • America in the 1930s was created in June 1998 for the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia. which includes films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression. Sections include

  • The Golden Age Superman 1938-1948

  • Comicweb.com > Old Time Radio Programs > Superman Episodes

  • Radiolovers.com - Free Old Time Radio Shows including Abbot & Costello skit- Who's on First

  • Old Time Radio: Private eyes

  • Private Eyes : http://www.thrillingdetective.com/contents.html
    • Sam Spade - http://www.thrillingdetective.com/spade_sam.html
    • Raymond Chandler - http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/chandler.html

  • Films of the Period:
    • Public Enemy, The (1931)- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022286/
    • Scarface (1932) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023427/
    • King Kong (1933) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024216/
    • Maltese Falcon, The (1941)- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033870/

  • Historic Events
    • Voices from the Thirties: Life Histories from the Federal Writers' Project
    • Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Todd & Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection
    • Surviving the Dust Bowl
    • Riding the Rails (Hobos on the trains in the Great Depression)