Friday, May 20, 2016

[493] An academic interpretation of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — An academic examination of the television series “Mad Men” is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with David Lavery, a professor of English and one of the coordinators of “Mad Men: The Conference,” will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 16, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

The gathering, planned May 26-28, will bring scholars from around the world together to discuss the sociological, historical and literary impact of the program, which aired on the AMC cable channel from 2007 to 2015.

“Mad Men” focused on a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the 1960s, displaying not only the styles of the period but also putting the racism, misogyny and rapacious greed of its characters under a microscope.

“I have taught both undergraduate and graduate classes on ‘Mad Men,’ and, in both of them, what we have tried to do is to set the show in the context of all the other art, literature, film, television of the period,” said Lavery, “and ‘Mad Men’ is especially rich in that regard.”

MTSU is collaborating with Great Britain’s University of Salford in presenting the conference. For more information on the conference, contact Lavery at or visit
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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