Tuesday, October 09, 2007

“What is a City?” Conference: 25-26 October 2007

The UMSL Center for the Humanities presents its 13th annual “What is a City?” conference. This year’s theme is Urban perspectives in film, fiction, and photography: understanding cities through images and words. This year’s conference includes a variety of award winning speakers from around the country. The conference examines urban life in contemporary and historical films, fiction, television, and photography.

Susan Stang, Professor of Photography here at Webster, is a featured speaker. She will show images from her book FIRENZE un incontro (Encountering Florence). Her book aims express the beauty and history of Florence, Italy through words and photographs.

Marco Williams, an award winning documentary and fiction film director. His work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, on the PBS series Frontline, and on the PBS program POV. Williams will show clips from his powerful documentary, Banished: The Violent Expulsion of African Americans and the Remaking of the American City. Andrew Hurley, Professor of History at UMSL, will screen his video Suburbs on Wheels: A History of American Trailer Parks.

“What is a City?” is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested at (314) 516-5972. A parking permit will be mailed to those who pre-register. Conference runs Thursday, Oct. 25, 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 26, 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We encourage registrants to bring canned food donations, which will be delivered to a hunger-relief organization. Conference events include a reception for the audience in Gallery 210, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.

Contact Information: Karen Lucas, Associate Director for the Center for the Humanities.


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