The Newman University History Speaker Series kicks off its 2010-11 season with scholar Joshua Greene. The History Department, in conjunction with David Carter of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Wichita, will present “Here Comes the Sun: George Harrison and the Spiritual Sixties” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 in room 124 of Eck Hall on the campus of Newman University. The History Speaker Series is open to the public and free of charge.
Greene is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, and a scholar of topics ranging from the Holocaust to eastern religion to George Harrison. Greene met Harrison in London in 1969 at a recording studio and interacted with him for many years while both explored aspects of eastern religion. After Harrison died in 2001, Greene decided to tell his story in what became Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison.
Greene’s presentation at Newman will talk about Harrison and the 1960s. In addition to teaching at Hofstra University, Greene works as a public speaker and has written books for children as well as films for PBS and the Disney Channel. He has also published two books about the Holocaust, one of which, Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, was turned into a documentary for PBS and was selected as one of the 10 best Holocaust films of all time by Facets Educational Media. Greene is an Emmy-award nominated filmmaker and has served as senior vice president of Global Affairs at Ruder Finn, an international communications firm.