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Professor of History Dr. Robin Walz to Deliver Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – University of Alaska Southeast Professor of History Robin Walz, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “Crime on the Black Market: French Detective Fiction under the Nazi Occupation” on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hatcher Dining Room of the Rollins Campus Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture stems from Dr. Walz’s special fondness for the St. Cyr/Kohler crime series by Canadian author J. Robert Janes, which is set during the Nazi Occupation of France. He often writes scholarly essays on French criminals, detectives, and avengers, most recently on the criminal-turned-avenger Rocambole for The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford University Press, 2009). 

Dr. Walz’s research specializes in the history of popular culture in modern France. In 2000, the University of California Press published his article titled “Pulp Surrealism: Insolent Popular Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Paris,” and he translated Philippe Soupault’s surrealist crime story parody called “Death of Nick Carter,” from French into English for the literary review McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, issue 24

Dr. Walz received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Davis in 1994. He began teaching history at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau in 1997. When not engaged in matters academic or French, he enjoys playing the cello for the Juneau Symphony Orchestra and piano in the privacy of his living room as well as running, cycling and playing squash, although he much prefers the leisurely pace of pétanque (or boules). 

For information about the upcoming lecture, please contact Assistant Professor English Dr. Jared Champion at (706) 379-5323 or [email protected].

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit