About The James Naremore Lecture with Dana Polan - "The Square Screen: A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s"

The Media School at IU 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 Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor in The Media School at Indiana University.

The 2016 James Naremore Lecture is presented by Dana Polan, a professor of Cinema Studies in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He is the author of eight books in film and media studies and of approximately 200 essays, reviews, and review-essays. Polan is a former president of the Society for Cinema Studies and former editor of Cinema Journal. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford and a Doctorat d’Etat from the Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Polan has been knighted by the Ministry of Culture of the French government for contributions to cross-cultural exchange. In 2002, he was selected as one of the two Academy Scholars for that year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recently, Polan served as a juror for non-fiction submissions for the Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting. Polan’s lecture, “The Square Screen: A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s,” is illustrated with a variety of clips and suggests how mainstream films of the American Sixties complicate easy divisions of the period into establishment cinema and a hip, cutting-edge alternative.

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