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George A. Rentschler Lecture

American Heritage Center

The George A. Rentschler Distinguished Visiting Lecture series is made possible by an endowment established by Frederick B. Rentschler and his mother, the late Rita Rentschler Cushman.


2011 Lecture - Michael Barson

Michael Barson - 2011 Rentschler LecturerMichael Barson is the American Heritage Center 2011 George A. Rentschler Distinguished Lecturer. He discussed -his book, RED SCARED! THE COMMIE MENACE IN PROPAGANDA AND POPULAR CULTURE, on August 30, 2011, at the UW American Heritage Center from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Wyoming Stock Growers' Room.

Michael Barson holds a Ph.D. in American culture, and with Steven Heller wrote Wedding Bell Blues and Teenage Confidential, both published by Chronical Books. He lives in New Jersey.

About the book: A wry tour of the frosty decades of American/Soviet adversity, the book humorously recounts the days when anti-Communist hysteria provoked fairly hysterical cultural reactions. The book vibrantly reproduces the books, films, magazines, posters, games, and other media that trumpeted the Commie threat.


2009 Lecture - Bob Wynn

Bob Wynn DirectingThe American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming hosted Mr. Robert H. Wynn, a producer/director in television (ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS). He spoke about the television industry on Thursday, March 26 th at the Stock Growers Room at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Wynn is the 2009 lecturer for the George A. Rentschler Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series which has hosted lectures from scholars, experts, and famous personalities since 1992.

Bob Wynn earned the reputation of “The Boss” during a career of more than thirty years and 200 shows as producer/director of such shows as “Tennessee Ernie Williams Nashville-Moscow Express”, “Bob Hope on the Road to China”, “Conversations with the Presidents”, and “Real People” for NBC. He has worked with the entertainment industries’ most luminous stars - Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis,Jr., Liza Minnelli, Lucille Ball, Debbie Reynolds and many others. In his new book, I Used to be Somebody (2009, Tate Publishing), Mr. Wynn tells the colorful and surprising stories of his experiences, traversing the world and the travails of an industry fraught with intrigues, jealousies and bigotry which Mr. Wynn ultimately would not tolerate. Mr. Wynn addressed issues featured on the television show “Real People” as well as memorable highlights of his long and successful career in television.


2008 Lecture - Brock Evans

Brock EvansBrock Evans, the 2008 George A. Rentschler Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, also known as M. Brock Evans, is a conservationist and civic leader. He served as the Northwest representative of the Sierra Club and of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs from 1967 to 1973, as acting director and director of the Washington D.C. office of the Sierra Club from 1973 to 1981, and as vice president for national issues for the National Audubon Society from 1981 to 1996. Evans also was the Audubon representative to the Ancient Forest Alliance circa 1988 to 1994. He also served on the board of a number of other environmental organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Law Institute.

Brock Evans: "Essentially my basic observation, and theme, is that ‘environmentalism’ has always been a strong and deep part of American culture, just as much as other values, such as equality, opportunity, rule of law, etc. We may call it by different names, there have been ups and downs, and we may debate the specifics fiercely, but the fact that all these laws and all these acres are still there, despite many attempts to weaken them, and they are increasing, not diminishing, proves over and over what that British Ambassador said in 1912: ‘National Parks (and by inference, the Wilderness Act and the Endangered Species Act) are the best idea America has ever had . . . .’”


2007 Lecture - Ian Phimister

Ian Phimister, the 2007 George A. Rentschler Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, is a professor in the History Department of The University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Africa, and particularly in the overseas interests of the City of London in the same period. He has written or co-authored several books on the economic and social history of Zimbabwe, as well as more than 50 articles on aspects of African history and British overseas economic expansion. Professor Phimister teaches nineteenth and twentieth century African history at all levels. He also teaches a general course on Britain’s retreat from empire.

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