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|Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:00-4:00 PM
CLASSICAL SPIES: AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS WITH THE
OSS IN WORLD WAR II GREECE
at Concordia University
Does truth lurk behind Indiana Jones? Susan Heuck Allen learned of her own professor’s cloak and dagger activities at ouzo hour on a Greek island. Her latest book, Classical Spies, is the first insider account of an archaeologist-led secret intelligence service in World War II Greece. Based in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy, this network drew on American scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain. Dig buddies activated prep school connections as spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee and organized parachute drops, as they fought to rid Greece of its Nazi occupiers. One buried her Athenian excavation records in an Egyptian tomb. To get the story, Allen did her own sleuthing, interviewing veteran spies and shadowing archives on three continents to piece together this true account of the “extracurricular” intrigue and espionage of her professors’ generation during and after the Second World War.
Susan Heuck Allen earned an AB in History from Smith and an MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Cincinnati and Brown University respectively. She has swum the Hellespont and excavated in Cyprus, Israel, Turkey, and Greece. A visiting scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University, Allen has taught at Yale University, Smith College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free
DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
1530 Concordia West
Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.
Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)