James BelpedioJames Belpedio, D.A.

Professor of History and Government
Division: General Education
Office Location: 36 Roxbury Street, 1st Floor
Phone: 508.373.9744
Email: james.belpedio@becker.edu

James Belpedio is a professor of history and government at Becker College. He began his tenure in 1973.

A prolific author of encyclopedia articles, Dr. Belpedio’s focus is on popular culture and how it has impacted American history. Some of Dr. Belpedio’s articles include “The Maltese Falcon,” in the St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture and “Bette Davis,” published in The Thirties in America. He is also a frequent presenter at conferences on film and popular culture.

Dr. Belpedio received his D.A. from the University of North Dakota and his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. He has also taught cinema courses at Assumption College and history at Central New England College.

Professional Memberships

• American Historical Association

• Organization of American Historians

• Phi Alpha Theta (National Honor Society of History)

• American Italian-American Historical Association

• Radio Historical Society of America

• American Film Institute

• American Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

• New England Popular Culture Association

• New England Historical Association

• Wilson Center Associates

• The Historical Society

• The Worcester Consortium Association of Historians

Presentations and Publications

Chairman, “American Politics,” Northern Great Plains History Conference, Eveleth, Minnesota, October, 1988

Selected Participant, “The Renaissance Workshop,” The Medici Foundation of Princeton University, Boston, Massachusetts, November, 1993

“Writing to Learn: Does it Work?,” paper presented to the Northeast Regional Conference on English in the Two Year College, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, October, 1994

“On defining the Twentieth Century Popular Writer: Rex Beach and The Spoilers,” paper presented to the Northeast Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, October, 1994

“Writing to Learn: Is it a Unique Learning Strategy, or is it Merely Writing to Learn How to Write?” Alliance for Education Teachers’ Roundtable presentation, Worcester, Massachusetts, March 22, 1995

“Hitchcock’s Vertigo: An Occurrence at Golden Gate Bridge,” paper presented to the Northeast Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 11, 1995

American Politics: Core Argument/Current Controversy, review of a proposed ancillary text, submitted to Harper Collins College Publishers, December 8, 1995

“On the Origin of the American Feature Film Industry: The Spoilers,” paper presented to American Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, January, 1996

“State Sponsored Anti-Semitism and the Lost Episode of the Spoilers,” paper presented to the American Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 1996

“Now look, That Damn Cowboy is President!: Presidential Elections…Scandal, Robbery, Sex!,” Focus on Faculty lecture series, Becker College, Worcester Campus, November 13, 1996

“The Cigarette Age,” Focus on Faculty lecture series, Becker College, Worcester Campus, November 13, 1997

“Real to Reel: The many lives of the Cape Nome Conspiracy,” paper presented to the third annual Pacific Centuries conference, John Muir Center for Regional Studies,University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, April 25, 1998

“The Case for Impeachment: A Legal, Historical, Sociological and Psychological Perspective,” Faculty panel discussion, Becker College Family Day, September 26, 1998

“Looting Alaska in Fact, Fiction and Film: Rex Beach and The Spoilers,” paper presented to the Literature/Film Association annual conference, Towson, MD, November 7, 1998

“I Looked Down into my Open Grave: A Case of Impeachment,” Focus on Faculty Lecture Series Panel Discussion, Becker College, Worcester Campus, November 11, 1998

“From Harlot to Heroine: Julia Bulette, Cherry Malotte and Gaining Respectability in Fact and Film,” paper presented to The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual National Conference, San Diego, California, April, 1999

“The Lone Ranger,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Rex Beach,” and “Shane” entry articles published in the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, Farmington, Michigan, 1999

“Audrey Meadows,” “Bell telephone Hour,” “Edward Asner,” “Judy Holliday,” “Rose Marie,” “Michael Landon,” and “Tyne Daly,” entry articles published in the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1999

“Ding Dong School,” entry article published in the Encyclopedia of Chicago History, The Newberry Library, The University of Chicago, 1999

Honoree, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 1999 – 2000 edition, for “demonstrated leadership and achievement in (his) . . . profession”

“Orville E. Babcock: Soldier, Engineer, Aide to Ulysses S. Grant,” essay/article published in The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, 1999

Honoree, Directory of American Scholars, 2001 Edition, for “conspicuous attainment in the pursuit of scholarly research”

Panelist, “Teaching History: U.S. and Russian Perspectives,” Panel discussion co-sponsored

by Wachusett Community College and the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, April

18, 2000, Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, MA “New Britain,” “New Caledonia” and “Yank, The Army Weekly,” articles published in the “Pacific war” volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World War II, Summer, 2000

“The Origins and Early Examples of Film Noir: The Maltese Falcon, lecture and film presentation to Grimsby College students at Becker College, June 22, 2000

“The Pop Western as Theater: ‘The Spoilers’ on Broadway,” paper presented to the 31st Popular Culture Association and 23rd American Culture Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA April 12, 2001

“Trespassing on Masculine Territory: From Big Hairy Men to Women’s’ Pictures in the Remakes of Rex Beach Films,” paper presented to the 31st Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota, October 11, 2001

Chair and Commentary, Panel #40, “Philosophical and Literary Approaches to History,” 31st Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota, October 13, 2001

“Abraham Lincoln Erlanger,” “John Sloss Hobart,” George Wickersham” and “Louis McHenry Howe,” biographical article/entries submitted to Syracuse University Press for publication in The Encyclopedia of the State of New York, November, 2001

“Frankenstein: The Monster Returns,” Focus on Faculty Panel Discussion, Becker College Worcester campus, November 15, 2001

“The Trail of Tears,” lecture presented to HU410, Senior Seminar, Becker College, Worcester Campus, February 21, 2002

Review, Encountering Western Civilization, submitted to Longman Publishers, New York, July, 2002

Chair, Undergraduate History Session: American History, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 10, 2002

“The Film Noir,” radio interview on “Worcester, Academically Speaking,” broadcast over WTAG- Radio, Worcester, MA, Paul Bruno, interviewer, September 26, 2002

“From ‘T-Zones’ to ‘Doctors Recommend:’ Cigarette Advertising in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” paper presentation; and Chair, Panel #10, “Home Sweet Home”, Northeast Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, New London, NH, November 9, 2002

“American Colonial Colleges,” entry/article for Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural and Economic History, East River Books, M.E. Sharpe, Publishers, published in 2006

“John Peter Zenger,” entry/article, for Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural and Economic History, East River Books, M.E. Sharpe, Publishers, published in 2006
“General Artemas Ward,” entry/article accepted for publication by the Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War, ABC-Clio Publishing. Published in 2006.

Chair, U.S. History Panel, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, North Dakota, October 4, 2003

Chair, Non Partisan League Panel, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, North Dakota, October 4, 2003

“Rex Beach on Radio: The Lost Episodes” paper presentation, North Eastern Popular Culture Association Conference, Worcester, MA, November 1, 2003

Chair, Panel #278, Film and Film Adaptation, Thursday, April 8, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, April, 2004

“Lux Presents Excellence: Radio’s Theater of the Airwaves,” paper presentation, Panel #278, Film and History, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, April, 2004

“Radio Noir? The Parody of Noir in Radio Detective Drama, Panel #36, Popular Culture, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Bismarck, North Dakota, October 30, 2004

“The Film Noir Protagonist as Western Hero?: Radio Gunsmoke’s Matt Dillon, paper presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, San Diego, California, March 26, 2005

Constitutional Case Studies: A Bibliography, work in progress for possible publication with research and editing by current students in GO 4100, Constitutional Law

“History of the Confederation Period to the Constitutional Convention,” Forum presentation on The United States Constitution, Becker College, September 23, 2005

Panel Chair, session #403, “The Horror, The Horror,” 28th Northeast Popular Culture

Conference, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, October 29, 2005

“Tough Guy, Tough Talk: Philip Marlowe and the Adaptation of the Film Noir Detective to Radio in the 1940’s,” presentation to the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2006

“Reparations,” 1000 word article/entry in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern

World, submitted December, 2006, to be published in 2008

“Flast V. Cohen,” “Gallagher V. Crown Kosher Supermarket,” “Gilbert V.

Minnesota” and “Whitney V. California,” Supreme Court case entry articles submitted to the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, February 2007

“Felix Frankfurter,” “John Marshall Harlan,” and “Harlan Fiske Stone” biographical article entries submitted to the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, February, 2007

“Demonstrable faculty Development,” presentation to Becker faculty Workshop, Becker College, January 17, 2007

“The Spoilers- 1930,” Program notes and commentary about the 1930 version of The Spoilers, Cinefest 27, Syracuse, New York, March, 2007

“The Oregon Trail,” article/entry assigned for The Encyclopedia of Early America, submission deadline, May, 2007

“Cyrus Hall McCormick;” “Edwin Booth,” brief article/entry biographies for The Encyclopedia of Early America, submission deadline, May, 2007

“Film Adaptation to Radio in the 40’s and 50’s,” radio interview on “Worcester, Academically Speaking,” broadcast over WTAG- radio, Worcester, MA Jim Hannon, interviewer, May, 2007

“Gumshoe With Gams: Candy Matson and the Parody of Film Noir in Radio Programming in the 1940’s and 1950’s,” presentation at the 2007 Northeast Popular Culture Association conference, Clark University, Worcester MA, September 27, 2007

“Film Adaptation to Radio: Radio’s ‘Bold Venture’ of the 1950’s,” presentation to the Joint Radio Group at the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA. March, 2008

Review. Corwin and Peltason, Understanding the Constitution. (17th edition) Submitted to Wadsworth, Publishers. August, 2008

“The U.S. Constitution,” panel discussion on Constitution day, Becker College, September 17, 2008

“Sinatra’s Rocky Fortune: Old Blue Eyes and Radio Noir,” paper presentation at the Northeast Popular Culture Association conference, Dartmouth, MA, November 1, 2008

“The Ultimate Radio Noir: Pat Novak for Hire and the Tough Talking Simile,” paper presented to the Radio Group at the 39th annual convention of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, April 8 – 11, 2009

“Jack Benny,” article entry assigned for the Salem Press Encyclopedia, The Forties In America, May, 2009

“Mickey Rooney,” article/entry assigned for Salem Press Encyclopedia, The Forties in America, July, 2009

“The Fat Man, The Thin Man and the Black Bird: Dashiell Hammett on the Radio in the 1940’s,” paper presented to the Northeast Popular Culture Association annual conference, Bronx, New York, October, 2009.

“Terry V. Ohio,” “Weeks V. United States,” “Wolf V. Colorado,” entry/articles assigned for The Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment, August, 2009

“Facts and Myths about Our Constitution,” annual Constitution Day presentation to the Becker College Community, September 17, 2009

“Bette Davis,” article/entry submitted to Salem Press, for publication in The Thirties in America, November, 2009

“Book Clubs,” “George Burns and Gracie Allen” and Florenz Ziegfeld,” article entries to be published in The Twenties in America, by the Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing, submission deadline, February 4, 2010

Panel Chair, Session 2100, Radio and Audio Media, 40th annual Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association national conference, St. Louis, MO, March 31 – April 3, 2010

“Night and Fear in Black and White: Cornell Woolrich and Radio Noir,” Session 2258, Radio and Audio Media, 40th annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 1, 2010

“Protected Speech or a Clear and Present Danger? Gilbert V. Minnesota, Louis Brandeis and Incorporation,” paper presented to the 45th annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota, October 15, 2010

“The Fat Man, The Black Bird and the Blacklist: Dashiell Hammett on the Radio,” paper proposed to the 41st annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference, San Antonio, Texas, April, 2011

“Night and the City: The Sights and Sounds of Radio Noir in ‘Broadway is My Beat,’” presented at the 42nd annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Boston, April 11 – 14, 2012. He also chaired the

Radio and Audio Media I: (Women Who Influenced radio, Radio Programs From the Dead, Orson Welles and LeeDeforest), chaired session at the 42nd annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Boston, April 11 – 14, 2012

“Lux Presents ‘Noir’: The Presentation of Film Noir Adaptation on Lux Radio Theater,” presented at the annual Northeast Popular Culture Association conference at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, October 27, 2012

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