Book Launch, "American Zeus" by Taso Lagos

Join author and University of Washington lecturer Taso Lagos, on Thursday, March 1st, at 6:30 pm at the UW Bookstore on University Way, as he discusses the life and tragic times of the pioneering immigrant Alexander Pantages, including the anti-Semitism and immigrant stigmas surrounding the Greek community that abounded in Hollywood during Pantages’ life.

"American Zeus," The Life of Alexander Pantages, Theater Mogul.

  • Free Book Lecture and Book Launch
  • Thursday, March 1st, 6:30 pm
  • UW Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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Hollywood tycoon, immigrant pariah: Alexander Pantages’ life was a mixture of incredible success, wealth, scandal and tragedy. This new book examines the story of a man, unable to read or write English, who built a fortune as an early 1900s theater mogul, but lost it all after a sexual assault conviction. It asks the question: how should history judge this pioneer, wealthy magnate and embodiment of the American Dream?

Taso Lagos is a lecturer in the Hellenic Studies/European Studies Program at the Jackson School of International Studies. He holds a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

His research focuses on civic engagement and digital technologies, Greek-American media history, immigration studies and nation branding.

Event date: 

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:30pm

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