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Humanities on Demand

Nov 29 2007

Jack Burden and the Limits of Political Idealism

Joseph Wensink is a PhD candidate in English at Brandeis University, where he teaches writing. He has written on the links between intellectual history and the modern American novel, and is particularly interested in studying Warren’s Jack Burden as a failed idealist. In his talk, he offered a close reading of several passages from the book that shed light on Burden’s character. Download the handout from this talk in PDF format.

This talk was part of the seminar on All the King’s Men on October 20, 2007. We welcome your feedback on Wensink’s talk.


Nov 29 2007

Filming American Politics

Tricia Welsch is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Bowdoin College. Welsch used clips to compare the 1949 film version of “All the King’s Men” starring Broderick Crawford and the 2006 re-make starring Sean Penn. Since those clips are protected by copyright, this excerpt from her talk includes only the background material she gave on Hollywood’s treatment of politics and film adaptations of novels.

This talk was part of the seminar on All the King’s Men on October 20, 2007. We welcome your feedback on this Tricia Welsch podcast.


Nov 29 2007

The Huey Long—Willie Stark Connection

Ray Arsenault is Professor of History at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He spoke as part of the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecturer series, which honors major scholars who are also outstanding teachers. He is an expert on contemporary Southern politics, notably the phenomenon of the political demagogue. He discussed the life and times of Huey Long, Louisiana’s governor and U.S. Senator in the depths of the Depression, and a potential rival to FDR as a presidential candidate.

This talk was part of the seminar on All the King’s Men on October 20, 2007. We welcome your feedback on this Ray Arsensault podcast.


Nov 29 2007

Share Our Wealth

In 1934, Huey Long organized the Share-Our-Wealth Society, which advocated a populist program for redistributing wealth. In this April 1935 radio address, Long sharply criticized FDR and the New Deal and then sketched out his alternative program. (From the collection of Andy Lanset—used with permission.)

We welcome your feedback on this Huey Long recording.


 

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