For more than 40 years, audiences have enjoyed Columbo, featuring a shabby and fumbling, yet thoroughly brilliant, detective as the title character. Amelie Hastie, a scholar of film and television and an expert on the classic television series, will give a lecture entitled “Columbo and Crime Television,” part of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language series exploring the theme “Crime.”
The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Hastie is Associate professor of english and chair of film and media studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History (Duke UP, 2007) and The Bigamist (BFI Classics, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009); the editor of a special issue of Journal of Visual Culture on Detritus and the Moving Image; and the curator of a project entitled Objects of Media Studies for the on-line journal Vectors. Her work has also appeared in arts and academic journals such as Cabinet, Camera Obscura, Film History, Framework, and Screen, and in anthologies on film history and television studies. She is currently at work on a book about the television series Columbo.
This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or vanaman@hendrix.edu.