WBEZ | spies http://www.wbez.org/tags/spies Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Secrets of Mary Bowser http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/secrets-mary-bowser-107504 <p><div><strong>Lois Leveen</strong>, the Newberry&rsquo;s 2013 Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow, discusses the research behind The Secrets of Mary Bowser, her novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Leveen provides insight into the lives of free and enslaved blacks in urban, industrialized Richmond; into the thriving black community in antebellum Philadelphia; and into how blacks and whites worked together in the pro-Union underground that operated in Richmond during the war. The author also explores what it means to teach&mdash;and learn&mdash; African American history through fiction. What happens when ordinary people do extraordinary things?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Award-winning author Lois Leveen earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and taught at UCLA and at Reed College. She is a regular contributor to Disunion, the New York Times coverage of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TNL-webstory_5.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recorded live on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Newberry Library.</div></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/secrets-mary-bowser-107504 Spies, Satellites and Archaeology: Mapping the Ancient Middle East http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/spies-satellites-and-archaeology-mapping-ancient-middle-east-106883 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Branting_310x230.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>During the first four decades of the 20th century, including both World War I and World War II, some archaeologists functioned within the fledgling intelligence communities as agents, analysts, and supervisors. They had local knowledge and technical expertise useful in generating military and political intelligence to advance their countries&rsquo;wartime agendas. They also used the data and techniques to pursue their own archaeological agendas and research programs. &nbsp;With the advent of spy satellites in the 1950&rsquo;s new technologies have emerged for use by the intelligence community, and once declassified or made publically available, have been of great use to archaeologists. &nbsp;This talk explores some of these historical connections as well as the new technologies that are reshaping how we view the past.</p><p><strong>Scott Branting</strong> is Director of the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes (CAMEL) and a Research Assistant Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Chicago. &nbsp;With M.A. Degrees in Hittitology (University of Chicago) and Geography (University at Buffalo), he crosses a number of disciplinary boundaries with his research. &nbsp;He has worked with numerous expeditions on five continents, but along the way has been a constant member of the Kerkenes Dağ Project in Turkey for twenty years and a Director of the project for the past seven years.</p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/spies-satellites-and-archaeology-mapping-ancient-middle-east-106883