Thursday, March 01, 2007

Mini-exhibition and events in Hill

On March 12 and 13, the internationally celebrated poet Rosanna Warren will be speaking in Hill Memorial Library. Ms Warren's awards include the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the May Sarton Prize, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is the daughter of Robert Penn Warren.

Athena's Visit from 'Orbiana Oliveto'

Ms Warren is here as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, and her visit includes several events listed below. Each of these promises to be a unique and exciting experience; you are cordially invited to attend all.

Monday March 12

4:30 p.m., Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall. "Collaboration: Poets and Painters, Rosanna Warren and James McGarrell." Exhibition and presentation on "Orbiana Oliveto," 19 pairs of poems and monotypes by Warren and McGarrell. Exhibition dates March 5 -15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the School of Art, in collaboration with the LSU Libraries.

James McGarrell has taught at Indiana University and Washington University, and his work appears in museums and private collections throughout America and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Hirshhorn Museum. A Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, he has also received awards from the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Citation and Grant, and a Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship.

"Orbiana Oliveto" (on display in the lecture hall) is a suite of 19 drawings, each 22 x 30 inches, made and printed in the monotype medium on the intaglio press of the Ligurian Study Center for the Arts and Humanities at Bogliasco, Italy, in March and April of 2003. Rosanna Warren wrote 19 short prose poems (also displayed) to accompany them.

Tuesday March 13

4:00 p.m. James McGarrell speaks about his art, Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Co-Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and the School of Art, in collaboration with the LSU Libraries.

5:30 p.m., Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Reading by Rosanna Warren. Co-Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and Readers & Writers. Readers & Writers reception and book signing follows. Donations to Readers & Writers welcome to support future events.

Free Lecture on March 18

Join us for a lecture by Craig E. Colten, award-winning author of An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature, on Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm in the Lecture Hall of Hill Memorial Library at LSU. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception and book signing will follow. The exhibition "An Unnatural Metropolis" will be open for viewing from 3 - 5 pm.

About the speaker:

Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at LSU. His book An Unnatural Metropolis has been heralded by the Journal of American History as “an evocative hybrid of environmental history, urban ecology, social struggle.” It has garnered national praise and was named the winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers, the same association that honored Colten with the Media Achievement Award in 2006 for his work with the media, particularly following hurricane Katrina. In addition, the Pioneer American Society recently named Colten as the recipient of the Fred B. Kniffen Book Award.

For more information on the exhibition "An Unnatural Metropolis," click here.

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