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After Abbey

The live post-Downton show.

We ask you to tell us what you hope to see this season on Masterpiece Classic. Join WPSU producers and special guests Sunday nights after Downton Abbey and be sure to let us know what you think about the Crawleys, Bates, and life at Highclere Castle.

Season 2: Episode 8 (February 23, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 8
Janet Lyon

Special Guest: Janet Lyon

Janet Lyon returns to discuss the season finale of Downton Abbey. She is an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State. She also directs the Disability Studies Minor in The College of The Liberal Arts. Janet studies modernism in Ireland, Great Britain, and the United States.

Season 2: Episode 7 (February 16, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 7
Matthew Jordan

Special Guest: Matthew Jordan

Matthew Jordan teaches media studies, cultural studies, film studies and critical theory. He is the author of Le Jazz: Jazz and French Cultural Identity (University of Illinois Press, 2010), numerous articles and book chapters, and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. He is co-director of the Social Thought Program, and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Democratic Deliberation. He is also a North American representative to the Board of the Association for Cultural Studies. Before joining the faculty at Penn State, he taught at the University of Louisville.

Season 2: Episode 6 (February 9, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 6
Greg Eghigian

Special Guest: Greg Eghigian

Greg Eghigian is a historian of both the human sciences and modern Europe, with a particular interest in how societies in general grapple with the questions and problems associated with modernity through the vehicles of science, technology, and medicine. His research has largely focused on the nature of power and the relationship between the state, science, and medicine in understanding and managing things such as disability, deviance, criminality, mental illness, and security.

Season 2: Episode 5 (February 2, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 5
Dara E. Purvis

Special Guest: Dara E. Purvis

Dara E. Purvis is an assistant professor of Law at Penn State. She studies family law, contracts, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law. She is particularly interested in the intersection between gender stereotypes and the law. Her most recent work examines gendered impacts of the law and proposes neutralizing reforms, most recently in the context of how the law defines parenthood.

Season 2: Episode 4 (January 26, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 4
Rebecca Eaton

Special Guest: Rebecca Eaton

Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of Masterpiece. For twenty-eight of Masterpiece’s forty-two years Eaton has brought high-profile miniseries such as Prime Suspect, Bleak House, Cranford, Little Dorritt, Sherlock and Downton Abbey to PBS. Awards on her watch include forty-three prime-time Emmy awards, fifteen Peabody awards, two Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. Eaton's memoir, MAKING MASTERPIECE: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, was published by Viking in October.

Season 2: Episode 3 (January 19, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 3
Janet Lyon

Special Guest: Janet Lyon

Janet Lyon is an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State. She also directs the Disability Studies Minor in The College of The Liberal Arts. Her scholarship focuses mainly on modernism, and especially its historical, sociological, and philosophical contexts in Ireland, Great Britain, and the global reaches of the British Empire.

Season 2: Episode 2 (January 12, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 2
Lori Ginzberg

Special Guest: Lori Ginzberg

Lori Ginzberg is a professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State. She is a historian of nineteenth-century American women with a particular interest in the intersections between intellectual and social history. Her research has focused on the ways that ideologies about gender obscure the material and ideological realities of class, how women of different groups express political identities, and the ways that commonsense notions of American life shape, contain, and control radical ideas. She teaches courses on women in modern history, US women's and gender history, and lesbian and gay history.

Season 2: Episode 1 (January 5, 2014)

Following Downton Abbey, Series 5, Episode 1
Sophie De Schaepdrijver

Special Guest: Sophie De Schaepdrijver

Sophie De Schaepdrijver is a social and cultural historian on Western Europe (19th and 20th centuries) with an interest in cities, the middle classes, civilian experiences of war, and nationalism. Her research has first focused on 19th-century urban history, with articles on prostitution, city growth and migration, and urban planning. Recent work has focused on a return to the “long 19th century” with an explicitly comparative perspective: it is a study of rentiership as a bourgeois ambition in Western Europe from c1790 to c1930. Less a study of wealth than of the ambivalence of ambition, the project seeks to contribute to our understanding of 19th-century perspectives on the market, on competition, ambition and careers, on mediocrity versus maximization, on obligations facing the self in society.

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