On April 3 at 12:30 p.m., Warren Perry will give a speech titled Echoes of Elvis: The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley at the CE Forum of the Annandale Campus.The speech is based on the new Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press book of the same name; a book edited by Perry. This Lyceum event is free and open to the public.
Perry has been a writer and researcher at the National Portrait Gallery of Washington, D.C. since 2001. A native of Memphis, Tenn., he holds graduate degrees in medieval literature and creative writing from the University of Memphis and in drama from The Catholic University of America.
His one-man shows on Walt Whitman and Lyndon B. Johnson have been produced by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Cultures in Motion project (2006, 2007). His one-man play, Swift to My Wounded: Walt Whitman and the Civil War was published by the Smithsonian in 2009.
In addition, he is the co-author of Elvis 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, which received the Foreword Book Reviews Bronze Award for music writing in 2010. A book signing will immediately follow the speech.
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