Walz at City Lights in San Francisco
Walz gave opening remarks, a commentary and the talk, "The Genealogy of Fantômas - From Lacenaire to Ravachol via Rocambole."
Associate Professor of History Robin Walz was an invited participant at "Fantômas by the Bay" in San Francisco organized by City Lights Bookstore in cooperation with the Cultural Services of the French Consulate and the Mechanics Institute Library. The conference on the fictional and infamous French film villain took place April 6-9. Walz gave opening remarks, a commentary and the talk, “The Genealogy of Fantômas - From Lacenaire to Ravachol via Rocambole.” Robin Walz teaches courses in history and European popular culture at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. He has written for McSweeney's, contributed to the anthology The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age, edited by Joshua Landy and Michael Saler, published by Stanford University Press, and written introductions to several books and art exhibits dealing with French popular culture. Together with Elliot Smith he is the founder of the Fantomas Website: www.fantomas-lives.com.