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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 2, 2004

Film Scholar To Discuss Work Of Writer-Director Paul Schrader

Roy Anker, who teaches writing, literature and film at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., will discuss the films of writer-director Paul Schrader in a lecture at the University of Iowa at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building.

The lecture, "The Parabolic Cinema of Paul Schrader," is free and open to the public. The lecture will provide insight into Schrader's work in advance of his own visit a week later. Schrader's lecture, "Spirituality in Films: Not Likely," will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

Anker is the editor of Dancing in the Dark: Youth, Popular Culture, and the Electronic Media and the author of two-volume study of Self-Help and Popular Religion in American Culture. In addition, he is the author of over 150 reviews and essays on literature, religion and film. In August, William B. Eerdmans in Grand Rapids, Mich., published his new book on religion and film, "Catching Light: Looking for God in Film."

Among Schrader's works are the acclaimed screenplays for such films as "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver" and "The Last Temptation of Christ." As a director, his films include "Autofocus," "Obsession" and "Affliction."

Both Anker's and Schrader's visits are sponsored by the Geneva Lecture Series at the University of Iowa. They are co-sponsored by the Institute for Cinema and Culture and nearly twenty religious student organizations and Iowa City churches.

Founded in 1976, the Geneva Lecture Series demonstrates the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, sixty nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

For further information, contact Jason Chen at 319-341-0007 or by email at

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