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Feb. 17, 2005

UI Symposium To Explore Arts In American Studies Feb. 25-26

A group of American studies scholars will gather at the University of Iowa Feb. 25-26 to consider the past, present and future roles of the arts within the field of American studies. The symposium, "The Arts In American Studies Scholarship," is free and open to the public.

It begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building with a welcome from Lauren Rabinovitz, professor and chair of American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program continues through 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, with research talks by four nationally prominent American Studies scholars, three "state of the arts" assessment overviews and responses, and a concluding roundtable and open discussion.

"Our agenda embraces the opportunity to review and assess issues and problems in incorporating the study of the visual arts, performing arts and cinema into the social and cultural history of the 19th and 20th century United States," Rabinovitz said.

Other UI participants include Kenneth Cmiel, professor of history and American studies; Jane Desmond, associate professor of American studies; Kim Marra, associate professor of theatre arts and American studies; Horace Porter, professor of African-American world studies and English; John Raeburn, professor of American studies and English; Laura Rigal, associate professor of American studies and English; and Nick Yablon, assistant professor of American studies.

Invited speakers include Thomas Doherty, associate professor of film studies at Brandeis University; Bruce McConachie, professor of theatre arts at the University of Pittsburgh; Angela Miller, associate professor of art history and archaeology at Washington University; and Miles Orvell, professor of English and American studies at Temple University.

Doherty, who earned his doctorate in American studies at the UI in 1984, will deliver the 2005 Albert E. Stone Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, "Censoring Hollywood: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration, 1934-1954."

More information, including a complete symposium schedule, is available online,

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the American studies department in advance at 319-335-0320.

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