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Sept. 22, 2004

UI Libraries Special Collections Opens Nicholas Meyer Exhibit

In coordination with University of Iowa alumnus Nicholas Meyer's visit to Iowa City, the UI Libraries Special Collections has gathered his papers into an exhibit that documents the movie making business. The exhibit is located on the third floor of the Main Library and will be on display through October. Admission is free and open during regular library hours.

Meyer, a 1968 UI alumnus, will be the subject of a week of festivities starting Sept. 27, including a film festival with post-screening comments from Meyer, meetings with students and an appearance on Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House on WSUI AM. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Among Meyer's directing and screenplay credits have been three Star Trek movies (II, IV, VI), the Seven Per-Cent Solution, Time After Time, Affliction and The Day After. His most recent work was the screenplay of last year's The Human Stain, an adaptation of the Philip Roth novel that starred Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. His screenplay for the Seven Per-Cent Solution earned him an Academy Award nomination.

In 1979, he both wrote the script and directed Time After Time, the success of which lead in large part to his being hired to direct the second Star Trek movie. The first had been a disaster, and Paramount Pictures wanted to ensure the success of its second attempt to extend the life of the 1960s television series.

Meyer donated his papers to the UI Libraries in 1983; he has continued to make additions to this collection, with the last donation coming in 2003. The collection consists of manuscripts from Meyer's books as well as his screenplays, correspondence and speeches. Film posters, a radio broadcast and film publicity photographs round out the materials. The latest item donated is a signed copy of the screenplay for The Human Stain.

Meyer's visit is sponsored by UI Libraries, the Bijou Theatre, Department of Theatre Arts, UI Alumni Association, UI Foundation, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, Writers' Workshop, Department of English and the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program.

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