NEWPORT, R.I. – Elliott J. Gorn, professor of American civilization and history at Brown University, will present a lecture, “American Icons: The Power of Enduring Texts and Images in U.S. Society,” on Thursday, April 12 at Salve Regina University.
Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. Gorn’s talk is sponsored by Salve Regina’s American studies program.
Gorn is currently teaching an undergraduate American studies course entitled “American Icons,” which asks the question: Why do certain American photos, novels, and films become “iconic”? He and his students examine a range of iconic subjects, from Al Capone to The Grapes of Wrath to Hunter S. Thompson.
A nationally recognized expert in American studies, Gorn is the author of numerous books, including: The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America; Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America; and Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That Made America’s Public Enemy Number One.