The art department at Concordia College will present the Eighth Annual Orland J. Rourke Lecture Series in the Philosophy and History of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Olin 124. Dr. Lindsay Twa will present “Evil Dictators, Cannibalism and Zombies: American Visions of Haiti in the 1920s, 30s, and Beyond.”

            Twa, a 1998 Concordia graduate, explores the visual arts and the critical roles they played in the relationship between Haiti and the U.S. during a period of radical transition. She is an assistant professor of art at Augustana College and director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. She earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

            The Orland J. Rourke Memorial Lecture Series provides a venue for  presentation of research in the fields of aesthetics, art criticism, art theory and art history. In particular, the series lays emphasis on the deep connections that have always existed between philosophy, history, and the visual arts and seeks to foster these connections by encouraging intense and rigorous investigation across and between disciplines. The series is held in honor of Concordia College professor, Orland J. Rourke (1930-1997) mentor, teacher, artist and friend and is sponsored by the Rourke family.

            The lecture is free and open to the public.






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