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Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Herzog, Zelizer, Hrdy will be IU Patten Lecture Series speakers for 2012-13

May 1, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Filmmaker Werner Herzog, communications and culture scholar Barbie Zelizer and primatologist Sarah Hrdy will be featured speakers in 2012-13 for the Patten Lecture Series at Indiana University Bloomington.

The schedule was announced by the William T. Patten Foundation, which conducts the lecture series under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Public lectures will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., with locations to be announced later.

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog in CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, Photo Credit: Marc Valesella. A Sundance Selects Release

Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog, a filmmaker of international fame, will visit the campus during the week of Sept. 10 to 14, 2012. Associated early on with the New German Cinema, Herzog has gone on to make scores of feature films and documentaries, acted in a dozen films, directed more than 20 opera productions and published numerous books, screenplays and articles.

His oeuvre includes films such as "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972), "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (1979) and "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), and documentaries such as "Grizzly Man" (2005), "Encounters at the End of the World" (2007) and "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (2010). The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Herzog is also the founder and director of the Rogue Film School in Los Angeles.

A series of Herzog's films will be shown at IU Cinema in connection with his visit to campus.

Barbie Zelizer

Barbie Zelizer

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Barbie Zelizer, a highly renowned scholar whose research focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, will speak during the week of Oct. 22 to 26, 2012. Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Chair of Communications at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. She explores, in particular, the areas of journalistic authority, collective memory and media images in crises and wars.

Her contributions to the political impact of visual culture have resulted in a vast record of publications, including "Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of Collective Memory" (1992), "Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye" (1998) and the edited volume "Visual Culture and the Holocaust" (2001). The winner of numerous awards, Zelizer is also a regular contributor in periodicals and on television and the Internet.

Sarah Hrdy

Photo by S. Bassouls

Sarah Hrdy

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Sarah Hrdy, one of the leading primatologists and evolutionary biologists in the field today, will speak during the week of April 8 to 12, 2013. She is the A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University; professor emerita at the University of California-Davis; and associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Hrdy's work focuses on the evolutionary origin of infanticide, female sexual behavior in primates and the evolutionary basis of mothering and parenting in humans. She is a pioneer in reconciling the fields of feminism and sociobiology in her work. She is the author of "The Woman That Never Evolved," "Mother Nature" and most recently "Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding." She has delivered the Spencer Lecture at Oxford University, received the Howells Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Biological Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association in 2001 and was named one of Discover Magazine's "Fifty Most Important Women in Science" the same year.

The Patten Lecture Series was established in 1937 with an endowment from William T. Patten, an 1893 graduate of the university who settled in Indianapolis and had a successful career in real estate and politics. More than 200 eminent scholars, scientists, authors and public figures have lectured at IU Bloomington as part of the series, including Oscar Arias, Wendell Berry, Jorge Luis Borges, Noam Chomsky, Umberto Eco, Nancy Fraser, Julian S. Huxley, Evelyn Fox Keller, Toni Morrison, Martha Nussbaum, Amos Oz, Jean Palutikof, Edward Said, Amartya Sen, Wole Soyinka and Lester Thurow.

Inquiries about the Patten Foundation, the Patten Lecture Series and future nominations may be directed to For more information, visit