'Political Dr. Seuss' to be screened

October 13, 2004

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"The Political Dr. Seuss," a new documentary by alumnus Ron Lamothe, will have its Pioneer Valley premiere on Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in 137 School of Management.

The film, which will air on PBS later this month, examines the life of Springfield native Theodor Geisel, the celebrated author and illustrator of children''s books. The film also explores a lesser known side of Geisel, who drew editorial cartoons for a left-wing publication during World War II and helped make military propaganda films with Frank Capra. Many of the Dr. Seuss stories drew on political themes and social themes.

Lamothe''s film is inspired by History professor Richard Minear''s 1999 book, "Dr. Seuss Goes to War," which revealed Geisel''s political cartoons to the public for the first time. Minear is a featured commentator in the film and served as production''s chief humanities scholar.

Lamothe, who produced, wrote, directed, edited and narrated the film, completed his master''s degree in History in 2000. He is currently a Dean''s Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in African history at Boston University.

Minear and Lamothe will attend the screening and answer questions.