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Media contacts:
Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138
JTurnis@ColoradoCollege.edu

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038
Leslie.Weddell@ColoradoCollege.

ELECTRIFYING CRITIC CAMILLE PAGLIA
TO ADDRESS ‘RELIGION AND THE ARTS IN AMERICA’

‘Feminist that other feminists love to hate’ to present annual Cornerstone lecture

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jan. 23, 2007 – Author, provocative cultural critic, avowed feminist and professor Camille Paglia will discuss “Religion and the Arts in America” as the keynote speaker for this year’s Cornerstone Arts Initiative at Colorado College.

Paglia, known as “the feminist that other feminists love to hate” is author of the best sellers “Sexual Personae,” “Sex, Art, and American Culture,” “Vamps & Tramps” and “Break, Blow, Burn.” She is a contributing editor for Interview magazine and has written articles on art, literature, popular culture, feminism and politics for newspapers and magazines around the world, including Salon.com, for which she was a columnist for six years.

Her lecture will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. on the Colorado College campus. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Paglia became known as “the feminist that other feminists love to hate” because of her criticism of the 1960s brand of feminism that, she contends, leads women to think of themselves as victims. She is both hailed and criticized as an intellectual and cultural commentator. In 2005, she ranked #20 in a list of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" based on an international survey conducted by the United Kingdom journals Foreign Policy and The Prospect. The list included only 10 women. She has sparred verbally with Naomi Wolf and other feminists, and regularly assails political correctness.

Paglia rose to fame with the 1990 publication of her first book, “Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson.” The book was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. The Washington Post Book World wrote that “Sexual Personae” was "a remarkable book, at once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant. ... One must be awed by [Paglia's] vast energy, erudition and wit."

Of her later book “Sex, Art and American Culture,” Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “For all their faults, her essays engage with an ambitious range of art and ideas, her invocation of primal sexuality adding a missing element to critical debates. While she should be taken with a truckful of road salt, Paglia should not be ignored.”

“Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World’s Best Poems,” her most recent, was named one of the New York Times Notable Books of the Year for 2005.

Paglia serves as professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has lectured and appeared on television and radio extensively in the United States and abroad.

Paglia’s taste in art spans worlds and generations. Her favorite paintings range from Michelangelo to Andy Warhol; to see her Top 10, visit http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/paglia/list_paintings.html. Her favorite sculptures range from Bust of Nefertiti to “Clothespin” by Claes Oldenburg; visit http://www.randomhouse.com/pantheon/paglia/sculptures.html.

This is the sixth year of Cornerstone Arts Initiative events at Colorado College. The program stresses interdisciplinary teaching of the arts, using technology to facilitate collaboration between departments. Cornerstone Arts events spotlight a question chosen by arts faculty and students, and is reinforced by special guests, performances and interdisciplinary courses. This year’s theme question, which is an extension of the fall symposium at CC on religion and public life, is “Religion and the Public Arts: Why Be Afraid?”

That theme will be further explored in another Cornerstone Arts Initiative project, which will culminate in an original “documentary theater” production by New York City-based The Civilians and Colorado College drama students. Theater troupe members and students currently are interviewing people in Colorado Springs to learn their views on religion. They will then shape those interviews into an original theater production with original music. The resulting piece, which will be performed Feb.8-10, will be called “Colorado Springs.” After its Colorado Springs run, the theater piece will be honed by The Civilians for the next two years and then will be released, possibly with a different title, as a finished production that will likely tour the nation or be performed by regional theaters. Details:

Feb. 8-10: The Civilians and Colorado College drama students present “Colorado Springs.” The Civilians, a New York-based theater company that develops original projects based in the creative investigation of actual experience, will, with Colorado College drama students, produce a theatrical documentary based on religion in Colorado Springs. Using methods that combine documentary and artistic practices, the company creates engaging shows that illuminate the interplay between the personal and larger social phenomena. The performances are boldly theatrical and rooted in a dynamic relationship to the audience, taking inspiration from the full range of theatrical forms, from cabaret to experimental theater. “Colorado Springs” will be a unique show, using Colorado Springs as a springboard for discussion of religion and public life. Sponsored by the drama/dance department.
8 p.m., Armstrong Theatre, inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., $5 general public; $2 with a CC ID; tickets at Worner Campus Center Information Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

Past years’ Cornerstone Arts topics have been addressed in events and lectures including “Is There Democracy in the Arts?” by cultural critic and author Martha Bayles and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky; “Is There a Gay Aesthetic of the Arts?” by O. Henry Prize-winning author Bernard Cooper with lesbian and gay theater artists Peggy Shaw and Tim Miller; “Is Nothing Sacred?” by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison; “What’s So American About the American Musical?” with Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski, theater scholar/author Laurence Maslon and conductor/music director Michael Kosarin; and “What is the Legacy of Modernism?” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand. 

The events are sponsored by the Cornerstone Arts Lecture, and co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship. For information, directions or disability accommodation, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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