When: Friday, May 18, 2012 5-7pm
Where: Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence
Classical Spies is the first insiders' account of the operations of the American intelligence service in World War II Greece. Initiated by archaeologists in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean, the network drew on scholars' personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain. Allen reveals remarkable details about a remarkable group of individuals. Often mistaken for mild-mannered professors and scholars, such archaeologists as Princeton's Rodney Young, Cincinnati's Jack Caskey and Carl Blegen, Yale's Jerry Sperling and Dorothy Cox, and Bryn Mawr's Virginia Grace proved their mettle as effective spies in an intriguing game of cat and mouse with their Nazi counterparts. Relying on interviews with individuals sharing their stories for the first time, previously unpublished secret documents, private diaries and letters, and personal photographs, Classical Spies offers an exciting and personal perspective on the history of World War II. Books available for sale and signing thanks to the Brown Bookstore.
Susan Hueck Allen, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown, earned her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology at Brown; M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, A.B. in History from Smith College. She has been Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, American Philosophical Society; Seeger Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies, Princeton University; Senior Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities; Fulbright Fellow, Cyprus, and received fellowships from the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). She has taught at Smith, Providence College, Yale, Tufts, University of the Aegean, and Semester at Sea (circumnavigating the globe with American college students) and conducted fieldwork on Crete, Cyprus, in Epidaurus, the Cyclades, Turkey and Israel. Allen's main publications are: Classical Spies: American Archaeologists with the OSS in World War II Greece (2011); Excavating Our Past: Perspectives on the History of the Archaeological Institute of America (2002); and Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik (1999).
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