April 29, 2004

Contact: Chuck Berg or Madison Davis Lacy, Theatre and Film, (785) 864-1344.

Langston Hughes visiting professor to lecture on blues in film and video May 9

LAWRENCE -- Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Madison Davis Lacy will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium at the University of Kansas.

Lacy, KU's Langston Hughes visiting professor this semester, has been teaching theory and production courses in documentary filmmaking. His lecture,"The Blues Impulse in Film and Video," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow immediately in the Spencer museum courtyard.

In addition to winning four Emmy awards for his films, Lacy was a consulting producer for Ken Burns' "Jazz." Lacy received Emmys for "Beyond Tara," the 2002 film on Hattie McDaniel; his 2001 PBS series, "Free to Dance"; the episode "The Time Has Come" for the 1991 "Eyes on the Prize II" series documenting the civil rights movement; and the 1995 PBS film "Richard Wright -- Black Boy."

One of Lacy's current projects, "Pass It On," a film for the National Park Service's Brown v. Board of Education Museum in Topeka, will be part of the museum's exhibit when it officially opens May 17, marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

His current film projects include "It'll Be Me," a documentary series on the history of African-American theatre funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; "Gates of the Walled City," a documentary on the life and work of American writer Theodore Dreiser; and "Scattered Africa," a series on the African Diaspora with anthropologist and noted author Sheila Walker.

The Langston Hughes visiting professor lecture is presented by the KU provost's office and the Department of Theatre and Film. KU established the Langston Hughes visiting professorship in 1977 to honor the late poet, playwright and historian who lived in Lawrence as a child. The professorship rotates among several KU departments, bringing to campus prominent scholars in fields compatible with Hughes' interests.


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