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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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IU Institute for Advanced Study seminar to focus on America’s experience of current wars

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Sept. 21, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The 2011-12 Remak New Knowledge Seminar at Indiana University Bloomington will explore a contemporary American paradox: Images and reports of war are everywhere in popular culture and the media, yet there is little tangible sense that the nation is "at war."

The seminar is organized by John Lucaites and Jon Simons, both faculty members in the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Lucaites, a professor, and Simons, an associate professor, have been named Henry H.H. Remak Distinguished Scholars by the IU Institute for Advanced Study for their winning Remak New Knowledge Seminar proposal.

The seminar, titled "The In/Visibility of America's 21st Century Wars," will include a series of lectures by invited speakers as well as discussions by IU faculty members from various disciplines. Participants will explore visual media and popular culture genres through which America's publics experience war -- such as film, video games and photography. They also will engage with critical practices of the visual arts that also function as public art, in particular photography that renders visible some of the experiences of war.

The lectures, all of which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the IU Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 015). They include:

The Remak Distinguished Scholars Award was created in 1994 to honor Professor Henry H.H. Remak, who served the university with distinction for more than 65 years as a scholar, teacher and administrator. He directed the Institute for Advanced Study from 1988 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1998. The award recognizes Remak's enthusiasm for scholarship in all fields and the mission of the institute to promote innovative ways of thinking. For more information see

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