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Jon Lewis Oral History Interview. May 4, 2017

Jon Lewis Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

May 4, 2017

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Jon Lewis (b. 1955) is a Distinguished Professor of Film Studies who has been a member of the OSU English faculty since arriving in 1984. The first professor in university history to be dedicated full-time to Film Studies, Lewis created much of the curriculum used in OSU's film classes today. He is also a prolific author who has written well-received books on different shifts in Hollywood film culture, and is a scholar of the life and work of director Francis Ford Coppola. His 2010 book on The Godfather has been translated into French, Turkish and Mandarin. In his interview, Lewis reflects on his discovery and love of film; his work in creating a Film Studies program at OSU; and the different books that he has authored over the course of his career.