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Redeeming Messala: Ben-Hur Beyond the 1959 Epic

Dr. Howard Miller, professor emeritus from the University of Texas at Austin, joined us for one more lecture in 2018. It’s possible that more adaptions of Ben-Hur have appeared in the past thirty years than in the previous eighty. And their variety and geographic reach are without precedent in the […]

A black and white photo of June Mathis, legendary Hollywood scenario-writer

Adult Lecture Series: A Woman’s Ben-Hur: June Mathis

Dr. Thomas Slater of Indiana University of Pennsylvania spoke last night about June Mathis and her involvement with the 1925 silent film of Ben-Hur. Dr. Slater discussed June Mathis’ life and glass-ceiling-breaking career in Hollywood. In addition, he focused on Mathis’ script for Ben-Hur, which ultimately was not used. Dr. Slater […]