Humanities Professor M. Thomas Inge '59
In recognition of Inge's project, the Czech Post issued a set of commemorative stamps.
Inge, who has served as the senior foreign expert on the project, taught graduate seminars on “William Faulkner on Film” and “Humor in America” and lectured twice on Southern films at the annual summer film festival held at Uherske Hradiste in the Czech Republic.
In addition, he presented papers on “P. L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the Making of Mary Poppins,” at the International Popular Culture Association meeting in Warsaw, Poland; on “Jean Renoir’s American South” at the International Colloquium on American Studies in Olomouc, Czech Republic; and on “Performing the South in the Comic Strip Li’l Abner by Al Capp” at the Southern Studies Forum in Szczecin, Poland.
Inge’s duties also include co-editing a collection of essays on adaptations of Southern novels to film and leading a discussion on the importance of studying popular culture in the academy. Next summer he will teach a graduate seminar, “Mark Twain at the Movies,” and participate in several conferences abroad. In recognition of the project, the Czech Post has issued a special set of five commemorative stamps. “One thing about teaching abroad is that you not only learn a lot about another culture, but you also learn a good deal about your own,” says Inge. “In the process of explaining American culture and our national values to foreign students, you frequently reevaluate your own beliefs and find new ways to understand yourself. The same holds true for our students and that’s why study abroad is such an invaluable part of the educational experience at Randolph-Macon.” About M. Thomas Inge Inge, the Blackwell Professor of Humanities, joined the faculty in 1984. He earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.
He is the author of Will Eisner: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi), a collection of interviews with the master comic-book artist and creator of the graphic novel. He co-edited, in collaboration with Czech scholar Marcel Arbeit, The (Un)Popular South (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic), with essays on the South in popular culture by 10 international critics, including Inge’s “Walt Disney’s Racial Dilemma in Song of the South.” He also edited My Life with Charlie Brown (University Press of Mississippi), which analyzes the life and work of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz.