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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.