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Chris Walsh: The Execution of Private Slovik, The Film, and A Lecture, Dec. 8th and Dec. 10th, BU Editorial Institute

Monday, December 8th, at 6 pm there will be a showing of the film The Execution of Private Slovik.
Wednesday, December 10th at 5 pm Chris Walsh will give a lecture on the film.

Both events will take place at the Editorial Institute, 143 Bay State Rd., Boston, 02215, and are free to the public. RSVP Lesley Moreau at 617-358-1937 or lmoreau@bu.edu.

When The Execution of Private Slovik aired forty years ago it became, according to some sources, the most watched made-for-television movie inAmerican history. It starred Martin Sheen, featured Gary Busey and Ned Beatty, and even brought us the screen debut of Sheen’s son Charlie. But casting does not explain why this harrowing film had such broad appeal in 1974—or why it’s largely forgotten now. On December 10 at 5 pm, Chris Walsh will discuss the film and the book on which it is based, as well as the historical episode that the book and film depict—the 1945 execution of Eddie Slovik for desertion, the only such execution by the United States military since the Civil War.  The film will be screened on December 8 at 6 pm.

Chris Walsh is acting director of the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program. His book Cowardice: A Brief History (Princeton University Press) was published this fall. His work has also appeared in Agni, Civil War History, Salon, the Times Higher Education magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.

 

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Robert Polito: Poetry Reading at University of Chicago, Thurs. Dec. 4

POETRY READING

Local meeting of the ALSCW

ROBERT POLITO

Robert Polito

Thursday, December 4, 6 pm

The University of Chicago
Wieboldt Hall 408
1050 East 59th St
Chicago

Robert Polito’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York City, he is now President of the Poetry Foundation.

 

A Reception will follow.

 

The reading is sponsored by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) and the Committee on Social Thought.

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