University of Rochester

EVENT: Craig Owens Memorial Lecture by Leo Bersani on the 1999 film All About My Mother

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Lecture and film are free and open to the public.

September 4, 2003

Leo Bersani, writer and thinker on a wide range of subjects in literature, art, and psychoanalysis, will deliver the Craig Owens Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Gowen Room of Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Presented annually by the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies of the University of Rochester, the lecture on the best loved recent films of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar honors Owens, a founder of the doctoral program in Visual and Cultural Studies. The lecture and a screening of Almodóvar's 1999 film All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) are free and open to the public.

The author of The Freudian Body, Caravaggio's Secrets, and Homos, among many other books, Bersani is considered one of our culture's leading radical intellectuals. He is professor emeritus of French at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught from 1973 to 1996. He also taught at Harvard University, the Collège de France, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Continuing a long-term collaboration with Ulysse Dutoit, Bersani has recently written a book on Darek Jarman's film Caravaggio, and he is pursuing the study of film in a new book on directors Jean-Luc Godard, Terence Malick, and Almodóvar. His lecture on All About My Mother is drawn from this current work.

That film will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in room 125 of Meliora Hall on the River Campus. All About My Mother tells the story of a mother's search to find the father of her dead son. The film follows her as she interacts with different women along the way.

The annual Craig Owens Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Owens, who died of complications resulting from AIDS in 1990. He taught in the Department of Art and Art History from 1988 to 1990. The lecture is made possible by the College Dean's Office and is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Art and Art History, English, and Modern Languages and Cultures; the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies; and the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Rochester.

For more information, contact (585) 275-9249.