About Alan Bennett Program

The screening includes two BBC television programs of the British dramatist and screenwriter, Alan Bennett. Portrait of Bust (1994), directed by Jonathan Stedall, provides Bennett’s overview of art, filmed on location at the Leeds. The second program is Dinner at Noon (1988), directed by Stuart Burge, where Bennett reminisces about his childhood experiences living in boarding homes, inspired by his visit to a hotel in North England. (Digital presentation)

Introduction will be provided by Amy Villarejo, who will be presenting a Department of Communication and Culture James Naremore Lecture on Friday, April 11 at 4:00 pm.

Amy Villarejo is professor and chair of the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, where she is also jointly appointed in the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. Her publications include Queen Christina, co-authored with Marcia Landy (BFI Publishing, 1995); Keyframes: Popular Film and Cultural Studies, co-edited with Matthew Tinkcom (Routledge, 2001); Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire (Duke University Press, 2003), which won the 2005 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; and Film Studies: The Basics (Routledge, 2007). Her newest book, Ethereal Queer, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in January of 2014. Her articles on documentary film, activist media, television, and queer culture have appeared in numerous journals, and she has also contributed to a variety of edited volumes, including a co-edited special issue of GLQ, and book projects.

Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture presents the James Naremore Lecture, which is dedicated to continuing the tradition of scholarly excellence and honoring the similar breadth and depth in the work of other pre-eminent scholars in the field of media studies. James O. Naremore is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in Communication and Culture, English, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He has received numerous academic honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, and his seven books and numerous articles cover impressive theoretical and critical ground.

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