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Sept. 2, 2004

Chinese Cultural Revolution Is Focus Of YAH Panel Discussion Sept. 7

A panel of Chinese playwrights and University of Iowa scholars with Chinese expertise will discuss different aspects of the Chinese cultural revolution as part of opening activities for the Year of the Arts and Humanities (YAH). The event will be held at noon Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the International Center Lounge, sponsored by YAH and UI International Programs and is free and open to the public.

UI International Writing Program (IWP) participants Xian Zhang and Ying Tang, from China, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members Morten Schlutter (religious studies) and Judy Polumbaum (journalism and mass communication) will discuss the cultural revolution from different perspectives and academic disciplines in anticipation of the Zhou Brothers performance later that afternoon.

The Zhou Brothers -- Shan Zhuo and Da Huang Zhou -- are internationally acclaimed artists. From 1973 to 1985, the brothers lived, painted and exhibited almost exclusively in China and Japan. In 1986, they moved to Chicago and exposed American audiences to their work. In 1994, the brothers started to exhibit heavily in Europe, while continuing to live and work in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. While at the UI, they will create a painting as viewers look on as part of the YAH opening ceremony and activities from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge.

The panel participants at the noon discussion will share their thoughts on this moment in Chinese history, and place it in context, in brief statements, and then in conversation. With scholarship, artifact, and personal anecdotes, the Chinese Cultural Revolution will be explored for an audience of UI and community members.

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state. The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Caroline Casey, YAH Project Assistant, at 335-3281.

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