Lecture to focus on the evolution of Zorro


Dr. Stephen J.C. Andes will give a lecture at the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University on Thursday, October 13 at 3 p.m. in Room 227 of Morrison Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The lecture “The Mark of Douglas Fairbanks: How Hollywood’s First Power Couple Took Zorro from the Pulp Pages to the Silver Screen,” is presented in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Andes is an associate professor of history at Louisiana State University. He is the author of three books of nonfiction, including his most recent, “Zorro’s Shadow: How a Mexican Legend Became America’s First Superhero.” It was named among the Best Non-Western and POC Fantasy Books of 2020 (Den of Geek) and included in The Chicago Tribune’s 12 Must-Reads of Fall 2020. He has just finished a manuscript called “Chasing Speedy: The Secret History of America’s Fastest Cartoon Mouse,” a study that describes how Mexican American audiences took the little Hollywood gave and made the Looney Tunes mouse into something looking like authentic representation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Louisiana Scholars’ College, The School of Social Sciences and Applied Programs and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.