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"Art and Life in Africa Project" focus of Saturday Scholars Oct. 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Advanced technology is bringing the masterpieces of African art to Iowa through "Art and Life in Africa: Recontextualizing African Art in the Cycle of Life," a CD-ROM project that will be the program topic for Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind at 9 a.m., Rm. 40 Schaeffer Hall, Saturday, Oct. 24.

Christopher Roy, professor of art history, and Linda McIntyre, associate director, will present a program about their CD-ROM project, which contains 14,000 images of African art objects in museums, and similar objects being used in Africa. "These images illustrate and discuss the ways art is used in Africa in the contexts of birth, education, everyday, political power, death, healing, religion, and cultural exchange," said Roy.

Roy will also explain how the project has been used to provide teachers and students with accurate information about African artistic creativity and the wealth of cultural creativity of African peoples. The project, which has been funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Iowa, includes 36 essays about art in its African context by international scholars, as well as maps, ethnographies of African peoples, and country data.

The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:45 a.m. with presentation following from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 384-0017.

Ed Folsom, professor of English, "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Photography," will present this year's final Saturday Scholars program at 9 a.m., Room 40, Schaeffer Hall Nov. 14. Folsom will explore how Whitman, the most photographed writer of the century, wrote a poetry that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing and describing the world.

10/20/98