Join author and University of Washington lecturer Taso Lagos, on Saturday, May 19th, at 1:00 pm at the University Book Store in Mill Creek for a reading and book signing of his biography, “American Zeus,” The Life of Alexander Pantages, Theater Mogul.
UW professor of International Studies Taso G. Lagos delves into the life and legacy of theater pioneer Alexander Pantages in American Zeus.
Pantages arrived in the U.S. at age 13. In 1902, he opened his first motion picture theater. He went on to build one of the largest independently owned theater chains in the country, despite not being able to read or write English.
However, in 1929, his conviction for the rape of a 17-year old girl (later overturned) would topple his empire and turn him from wealthy magnate to social pariah.
Dr. Lagos was born and raised in Greece and founded the Athens Study Abroad Program in 2005 following his volunteering at the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
His interest in the Roma comes from his own personal reflection of stereotypes and discrimination he has felt in his own heart. This will be his 20th study abroad program at the University of Washington. He is the recent author of a biography of a successful Greek-American film theater pioneer published by McFarland Press. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Modern Hellenism in the fields of film and media.