Lester D. Friedman, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Prior to his time at HWS, Professor Friedman taught cinema studies at Syracuse, Northwestern, and American Universities, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Spertus Institute. He also taught health humanities and bioethics at Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse) and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago). The author, co-author, and editor of over 20 books and numerous articles, his areas of academic specialties include: film genres, American cinema of the 1970s, American Jewish cinema, British film of the 1980s, Health and Humanities, and Multiculturalism in film. Additionally, he written books about Steven Spielberg, Arthur Penn, Peter Pan, Frankenstein, and Clint Eastwood. He has authored two screenplays (Prisoners of Freedom (2002), Thomas Scasz and the Myth of Mental Illness (1989) that have been the basis of independent films directed by the award-winning visual artist Owen Shapiro. A frequent speaker at a wide variety of scholarly conferences and public events, He is also a JEOPARDY! Champion.