Chestertown, MD, April 12, 2006 — Washington College's Richard Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism and the Sophie Kerr Committee present "James Agee: The Great American Film Critic," a lecture by Michael Sragow, film critic for The Baltimore Sun,Wednesday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hynson Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.
A prolific reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The San Francisco Examiner, Sragow is the editor of the critically acclaimed two-volume collection of the writings of James Agee. Sragow's talk will examine the boundless energy, lacerating wit, and moral perception that Agee brought to film criticism, reinventing the genre and helping to establish him as one of the most commanding and unique literary voices of America at mid-century. In 1944 W. H. Auden called Agee's film reviews "the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today." Those columns, along with much of the movie criticism that Agee wrote for Time through most of the 1940s, were collected by Sragow for Agee on Film: Reviews and Comments, published by Library of America.
Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism was established to honor the distinguished career of late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood, who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Recent speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Robert Novak, David Broder, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Paul Gigot.