Southern Miss Professors featured in Lucasfilm Production to Air Jan. 10
Monday, January 07, 2008
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  – Two University of Southern Mississippi history professors are featured in a Lucasfilm series production of “The Young Indiana Jones Documentaries,” which will air Jan. 10 at 10:30 p.m. on the cable channel, History International.

Dr. Michael Neiberg and Dr. Andrew Wiest served as consultants on the episode “The Somme – A Storm of Steel” about the World War I battle considered one of the bloodiest showdowns in modern warfare, with more than one million casualties recorded.

“The Young Indian Jones Documentaries” were produced by renowned filmmaker George Lucas and are a companion to the famed Indiana Jones movies. They portray Indiana Jones in his youth as he finds himself involved in some of history’s epic events.

The featured show on the battle of the Somme is included in part two of the series titled “The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The War Years” and is released by Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. The nine-disc collection includes eight feature-length episodes as well as a comprehensive assortment of exhaustively researched special features providing insights into the historical people and events that inspired the series.

Wiest said Lucas is a lover of history and the series is a way to help promote the subject to both young and old alike.

“It’s over-the-top fiction, much like Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the young Indy stumbling into situations where he takes part in historical events like the Somme, and interacts with historical figures,” Wiest said.

Neiberg and Wiest are faculty members in the Southern Miss Center for the Study of War and Society. That their expertise was sought in the development of the program speaks well of the reputation of the department, both said.

“It was really an honor to be asked to assist with the project,” Neiberg said. “It’s fascinating to see how documentary films are made, and I believe the series does a great job of helping people make a connection between the fiction Lucas has created and history.”

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