The Force on the Hill


Andrew Liptak ’07 & M’09 brought the Force to Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center with the presentation of “The Art of Empire: World War II Influences in Star Wars,” on May 4, national Star Wars Day. Since Star Wars was released in 1977, George Lucas’ science fiction film series has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Underlying its story of good versus evil is the influence of the Second World War, which informs the design and the structure of the story. Liptak’s presentation elucidated how Lucas used imagery and icons from the World War II era, and why the series holds up four decades later.

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