downton abbey 3 cropOn Friday (Dec. 11) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Arizona Public Media and the University of Arizona will bring a special program to the Arizona Senior Academy—a trifecta of “Downton Abbey” treats.

First, Jack Gibson, multiple Emmy-winning director and general manager of Arizona Public Media, will share highlights of the upcoming season of programming on AZPM—both radio and television—including a “Sizzle Reel” giving glimpses of the quality programming viewers have come to expect.

Next, Professor Jerry Hogle, long-time University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Arizona, will share the historic context of the period in which “Downton Abbey” is based.  Those 13 years, from 1912 through 1925, saw, among other things, the sinking of the Titanic, World War I, the Spanish flu epidemic, the rise of Hitler, Teapot Dome, and the election of the first British Labour Prime Minister.

Lord Crawley and the others of “Downton Abbey,” have, in one way or another, been deeply impacted by all these events.  Professor Hogle—whose specializations include English Romantic poetry and Prose, 18th and 19th Century British Fiction, and The Gothic, and whose list of publications and awards is as long as the list of tribulations faced by the Crawley family—will provide a broader perspective on the historical impact of this era on British and American citizens at all levels of society.

With a fuller appreciation of the Crawleys’ epoch, the formal presentation will conclude with an early showing of the first hour of the sixth and final season of “Downton Abbey,” due to be broadcast on Channel 6 in January 2016.

Due to the anticipated popularity of this program, reservations are strongly advised.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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