Faculty note: Emeritus faculty Gregory Aldrete publication
UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Gregory Aldrete (History and Humanities) had an article published in the peer-reviewed journal “Film and History” Winter 2021, Vol. 51(2) pp. 12-22. The article is titled “Bread and Circuses: Ancient Rome, Modern Science Fiction and the Art of Political Distraction,” and it traces the surprisingly widespread influence that a line from the ancient Roman poet Juvenal has had on five decades of mainstream science fiction films. Among the films analyzed are Rollerball, The Running Man, The Matrix, The Hunger Games trilogy, and Ready Player One. Aldrete is also currently finishing up a book on films set in Rome titled Ancient Rome on the Silver Screen: Myth Versus Reality to be published next year by Rowman & Littlefield Press, and is under contract to make an educational video/audio course with the Great Courses/The Teaching Company/Wondrium called Underappreciated Overachievers of the Ancient World. Also, he and UWGB graduate (history) Scott Leibbrandt have co-authored a historically themed board game set during the Cold War called “DEFCON 1: The Cold War Turns Hot,” which will be published by Compass Games.