Warrior, Librarian, Jedi Master: Prof. Amy Sturgis on Star Wars

Release Date
December 8, 2016



If Professor Amy Sturgis could be any Star Wars character, she’d choose to be Tahl, the warrior-librarian Jedi. Which character would you be? Discover your inner Star Wars character and choose a side: http://libertyawakens.learnliberty.org/

Star Wars Conspiracy: Does Fear Cost Us Our Liberty? (video): Professor Amy Sturgis explains how Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power mirrors the election of dictators in our own history.
“Star Wars, Remixed” (article): Professor Sturgis explains how George Lucas’ universe is a mashup masterwork
“The Jedi, the Cowboy, and… Thomas Edison? Pulp Science Fiction and Star Wars”(video):  Lecture from 2015 Mythgard Guest Lecture Series
“The History Behind the Jedi, Part 1” (podcast): Audio talk from 2015 for “Looking Back at Genre History” at the StarShipSofa podcast
“The History Behind the Jedi, Part 2” (podcast): Audio talk from 2015 for “Looking Back at Genre History” at the StarShipSofa podcast
from Others
“From World War to Star Wars” (essay)”: Essay series (2014-present) by Cole Horton for StarWars.com
“Republic vs. Empire: 10 Ways Star Wars Is Millennia Older Than You Think”(essays): Essay series (2015) by Alex Stark for StarkAfterDarkonline.com
Real World Dilemmas of the Hunger Games (program): Professors Amy Sturgis and James Ottesson explore the parallels between the fictional Panem and our world.
Pop Culture and Economics (playlist): Learn about the ideas of freedom through the lens of pop culture.
The Walking Dead, Tocqueville, and Voluntary Cooperation (video): Professor Dan D’Amico explains what zombies can teach us about a free society.

One of my very favorite characters, she appeared in novels and in comic books, her name was Tahl. She was a Jedi Master, but she was also essentially a researcher at the Jedi Archives. Pretty much half warrior and half librarian, which just is fantastic. She was so strong with the Force that being blinded on one of her missions didn’t stop her. She was also so committed to the light side that she was able to pull the Jedi to whom she was closest, Qui-Gon Jinn, back from the dark side by her example. If I could be anyone in the Star Wars universe, I would be her.
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