“Monuments Men” Author Speaks at Tampa Theatre Feb. 27

At this free USF-sponsored event, Robert Edsel illuminates events depicted in the popular movie with more fascinating details.



A scene from the film "The Monuments Men" based on the book by Frontier Forum speaker, author Robert Edsel.



By
Barbara Melendez  

     USF News



TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2014) – There’s more to the true story of “The Monuments Men” than could fit in the popular movie and best-selling book of the same name. When the University of South Florida hosts author Robert Edsel, he will help complete the story by answering questions from the audience following his slide show and talk on the historic WWII treasure hunt.


In one of his most requested presentations, Edsel will talk about his documentation of the Americans’ efforts to recover stolen artwork from the Nazis during World War II. He will show over 100 slides as well as share anecdotes about the men who rescued and returned millions of cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. He will sign copies of his book following the presentation.


Edsel’s talk also will provide details about the filming of the documentary “The Rape of Europa” that ranged through seven countries. That film tells the story of lobbying Congress to pass a resolution recognizing the achievements of the group that became known as the Monuments Men.


The event, part of USF’s Frontier Forum series, takes place at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33602. Parking in Downtown Tampa is free after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. For more information contact Christina Goldstein at cvgoldstein@usf.edu.


This lecture series was started during the 2009-2010 academic year as a collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. Renamed the Frontier Forum in 2011, the series has included such notable speakers as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Taylor Branch, Rory Kennedy and Michio Kaku, who attracted more than 1200 guests.


“The purpose of the Frontier Forum series is to bring people who are shaping the public conversation to Tampa to interact with our students, faculty, and staff as well as thought leaders in our local community,” said USF College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eric Eisenberg. “Mr Edsel’s book and the motion picture it inspired raise important and timely questions about the relationship between politics, art and life, questions that should be at the heart of a university education.”


He explained that USF looks for “dynamic, relevant speakers that will interest the Tampa Bay community. We tend to pick topics that have a strong educational value and will spark discussion.”


Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563