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March 21, 2005
University of Dubuque Brings Famous Authors to Celebrate the Arts

The University of Dubuque will host a series of events- Interface: Word and Image in celebration of the arts, April 3-10. Authors Max Allan Collins and Bonnie Geisert, and author/illustrator Arthur Geisert will be on campus as a part of the week-long celebration.

Max Allan Collins-author, filmmaker, comic strip writer, and Native Iowan-joins the event on Thursday, April 7. He will lecture on The Blending of Word and Image in Contemporary Works followed by a preview presentation of his soon-to-be-released film Shades of Noir, based on three of his short stories (Eliot Ness: an Untouchable Life, A Matter of Principal and Three Women), as well as his documentary on Mickey Spillane. Collins will also give an introduction to, and interpretation of, the movie based on his book The Road to Perdition. He will also be available for a book signing. **See event listing for details.**

Arthur and Bonnie Geisert, a husband and wife team from Galena, Illinois, who write and illustrate children's books will lecture both on campus and at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library, and will be available for a book signing. On Tuesday, April 5 they will lecture at Carnegie-Stout Public Library on Children's Literature: A Blended Form of Word and Image- a discussion on how children's literature was one of the initial forms that blended the two art forms. On Wednesday, April 6, Arthur will be on campus to present a lecture on Life Influencing My Art. The Geiserts have received numerous book awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and the Scientific American Young Readers Book Award. Arthur's art work has been exhibited at many national institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Print Center in Philadelphia, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Arthur's original illustrations from Pig Latin will be on exhibit in UD's Library. These illustrations fancifully tie word and image together with depictions of pigs learning how to count using Roman numerals. **See event listing for details.**

Other events throughout the week include The Edge graphic arts exhibit; the debut of Articulate, a new literary and visual arts student magazine; gallery talks by UD students on their original artwork; a puppet show presentation of Stone Soup by UD education students for elementary students; a dramatic performance of Adaptation;and various presentations by UD faculty.

"The week's variety of events will bring together different communities, just as they bring together the notions of words and images," said Dr. Ann Pelelo, assistant professor of English and project director for the events. "We invite individuals from the tri-state area join us for these events and hope that the blend of people who attend will be a reflection of the theme- Interface."

All events are free and open to the public. Funding has been provided by Humanities Iowa; the Iowa Arts Council; the Iowa College Foundation, in combination with the Roy J. Carver Trust and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education/UPS National Venture Fund; and Hy-Vee Food Stores.

Celebrate the Arts- Interface:Word & Image Events

Sunday, April 3
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Launch of The Edge, graphic art display & Articulate, literary magazine debut.
Presentations by Professor Alan Garfield, department chair - CGIM and
Dr. Ann Pelelo, assistant professor of English at 3:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall

Monday, April 4 - Wednesday, April 8
Various Times
Gallery Talks by UD Students
Sylvia's Common Ground, Myers Library

Tuesday, April 5
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Presentation - Children's Literature: A Blended Form of Word and Image & Book Signing
Arthur Geisert, illustrator; Bonnie Geisert, author
Carnegie Stout Public Library, Downtown Dubuque

Wednesday, April 6
10:00 a.m.
Puppet Show - Stone Soup
Charles C. Myers Library

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Presentation - Children's Literature in a Digital Age
Dr. Marta Abele, associate professor of education
Charles C. Myers Library

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Presentation - Life Influencing My Art & Book Signing
Arthur Geisert, illustrator
Blades Hall

Thursday, April 7
Lecture, Film Presentations, and Book Signing with Max Allan Collins, author

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Lecture - The Blending of Word and Image in Contemporary Works
Film Presentation - Shades of Noir
Hadley Auditorium, Dunlap Technology Center

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Film Presentation- Road to Perdition
Hadley Auditorium, Dunlap Technology Center

9:00 p.m.
Book Signing
Hadley Auditorium, Dunlap Technology Center

Friday, April 8 - Sunday April 10
8:00 p.m.
Dramatic performance- Adaptation
Dining Hall, Peters Commons