Thursday, 6:00 pm
Rodney Young Memorial Lecture
Classical Spies: Penn Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece
Dr. Susan Heuck Allen, Visiting Scholar, Department of Classics, Brown University, RISD professor, and author of Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece (University of Michigan Press, 2011), offers an insiders’ account of archaeologists and espionage during World War II. She focuses in on Penn archaeologists in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, where the spy network drew on scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain. While modern readers might think Indiana Jones is just a fantasy character, Classical Spies discloses events where even Indy would feel at home: burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep-school connections to establish spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops. Book-signing to follow. Admission: Pay-what-you-want. For more information, call 215.898.2680.