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Film studies professor to give 14th annual Presidential Lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa film studies Professor Dudley Andrew will present the UI's 14th annual Presidential Lecture Sunday, Feb. 16.

His talk, "Fade in, Fade out: Aspirations of National Cinema," will be at 3:30 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall, followed by a reception in the foyer. The event is free and open to the public.

Andrew is director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture in the department of communication studies and holds a joint appointment in the Program in Comparative Literature. The author of eight books, he has been an invited guest at the Cannes and Venice film festivals and recently received a Senior Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992 he received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and in 1993 he served as director of the Ford Foundation's Bridging Seminar with Grinnell College. He also has been an invited professor at Meiji University in Tokyo and a Guggenheim Fellow.

"The lecture focuses on a couple of key moments in world history: 1938 as a high point of nationalism and a point when films were big and confident in what they could do," said Andrew, who will use slides and a film clip to illustrate his talk. "Then I look, more briefly, at the artistic cinema of modernism after WWII, the cinema of the great European directors, linked to their criticism of nationalism. Finally, I spend time with the cinema of the past 20 years in developing countries where cinema is playing a peculiar role in relation to questions of cultural identity."

Preceding Andrew's lecture will be a performance of the first movement of Maurice Jaubert's "Sonata a due" by Andrew Carlson, Carey H. Bostian II and Thomas Karl Loehrke, graduate students in the UI School of Music.

Nominees for the Presidential Lecture Series are chosen by a faculty committee chaired by Leslie Sims, dean of the Graduate College.