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EXPERTS ADVISORY: May the Experts be with you… The University at Albany's Star Wars Experts

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ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2005) Darth Vader, Joseph Campbell and the Mythology of Star Wars, Waiting in line for three months, Lightsabers, Jedi and the Samurai covered by UAlbany's Star Wars Experts:

  • DARTH VADER, the great villain who started it all in Star Wars, finally returns in Episode III. But it was Joseph Campbell's The Hero with 1,000 Faces that inspired director George Lucas. Center for Humanities and Technosciences director Mary Valentis offers insight into Campbell, the writer who most influenced the creation of Vader and the mythology of Star Wars.

  • HAN SOLO AND PRINCESS LEIA, or people dressed up like them, have waited in line for days, weeks and months to be the first to see Revenge of the Sith. Sociologist Richard Lachmann explains pop culture phenomena that turn grown adults into kids again and crosses social, political and international boundaries in the process.

  • LIGHTSABERS might look cool, but it is the code of the Samurai that became the basis for the Jedi of Star Wars. Professor and Chair of the East Asian Studies program Susanna Fessler explains the bushido code and the way of life of the warrior class in feudal Japan.

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