Talk about Rod Serling

Mark Boulton, UWW History Dept., will give a talk, ““Take this stand”: Rod Serling and the politics of the Twilight Zone on Monday, October 25, at 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Fairhaven Retirement Community.

This is an installment of “The Life & Times” Fairhaven Lecture Series. Each lecture looks “at the life and times of some of history‚Äôs most famous, infamous, and barely famous figures.” There are four more talks to come:

  • Nov. 1: “Along the Trail of Blackhawk” by Tony Gulig, History Dept,
  • Nov. 8: “A Biography of a City: The History of Tokyo” by Roderick Wilson, History Dept.
  • Nov. 15: “The Least Dangerous Branch: Justices Who Have Gone Out on a Limb” by Jolly Emrey, Political Science Dept.
  • Nov. 22: “Honest Politicians in Illinois: There Actually Are a Few” by Susan Johnson, Political Science Dept.

Can’t make it to the lectures? You’re in luck! They are recorded! Visit the lecture series web site for audio and video links to lectures since fall 2007.

Andersen Library has materials if you wish to learn more. For example, searching the HALCat library catalog would find the book Rod Serling’s The twilight zone (3rd-Floor Main Collection, PS3537 .E654 R63 1974) and a link to the finding aid to his papers at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Center for Film and Theater Research (materials identified through the online finding aid could be requested for temporary transfer to Andersen Library’s Special Collections office). I am especially curious about the “Angry Letters” folder that “includes correspondence from Harry Ruby (March 10 and March 11, 1964) and Groucho Marx (March 10, 1964) congratulating Serling for his letter to the Los Angeles Times in which he criticized Morrie Ryskind for the inconsistencies of his defense of the political right.” More information about Mr. Serling can be found by searching the Library’s biographical databases, such as Biography Reference Bank Select (WilsonWeb). I remember seeing quite a few Twilight Zone episodes, but the one I remember best is “To Serve Man.” I was able to enjoy part of it again on YouTube, and you can, too!

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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