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Oct. 13, 2008

Oct. 18 Saturday Scholars event explores photography of New York City

The University of Iowa's Margaret Stratton photographed the city of New York in 1997 and 1998, capturing its majestic architecture, cool quiet parks, bustling sidewalks and markets, and the historic sites that symbolize The Big Apple.

Stratton, a faculty member in the School of Art and Art History, will display and discuss her images in a free, public presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall. Her presentation, "Photography and Place: New York Narratives" is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as part of its Saturday Scholars series, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. It will last about an hour, and refreshments will be served.

Stratton will weave in historic photographs of New York City made by some of the most influential and accomplished photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Margaret Bourke White, Bernice Abbott, Edward Steichen and Lewis Hine. Together with Stratton's images of pre-9/11 New York, the images tell the story of an ever-changing façade of a city once known as America's greatest melting pot.

Exhibited nationally and internationally, Stratton's work engages the poetics and politics of history and technology, and the resulting transmission of violence, loss and absence. Her work has appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery, the Harvard Film Archive, the Center for Creative Photography and the Berlin Film Festival. Collections that include her work are the Ellis Island Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, Rencontres d'Arles in Arles, France and the London Video Archive, among others. Her diverse body of work has earned five National Endowment for the Arts awards in three categories: photography, installation and new genre. She joined the UI faculty in 1986.

The remaining events in the Saturday Scholars series are:

--Saturday, Oct. 25: "Chemicals from Nature: Toxins to Treatments," Jim Gloer, Department of Chemistry, 10 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

--Saturday, Nov. 1: "Medicine vs. the Media," Julie Andsager, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 10 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

--Saturday, Nov. 15: "New Iowa Writers: Readings by Students," Jae Choi, Iowa Writers' Workshop; Hali Felt, Nonfiction Writing Program; Gabriel Houck, Nonfiction Writing Program; Ted Thompson, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 10 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

Saturday Scholars was developed to give the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. For additional information visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the CLAS in advance at 319-335-2610.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070 (office), 319-430-6576 (cell),; Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818,