D.N. Rodowick to Present Lois Walters Coker Lecture

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 20, 2011 – Internationally renowned film scholar D.N. Rodowick will present the Fall 2011-2012 Lois Walters Coker Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

Recently presented to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, Rodowick’s lecture is titled, “The (Future/Fading) Memory of Film.”

“Rodowick has been a major figure in moving the field of cinema studies into the 21st century,” said Coker College Professor of Communications George Lellis. “He has the ability to draw from multiple stimuli—from 19th century philosophy to music videos to cell phone applications—to synthesize a vision of what the future has in store.”

“I admire the lucidity and balance he brings to the discussion of film theory in a digital age,” said Film Criticism editor Lloyd Michaels. “Coker is indeed fortunate to have such a respected scholar in its company,” Michaels said.

Rodowick is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, chair of the Visual and Environmental Studies department, director of the Graduate Studies for Film and Visual Studies department and interim director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.

Previously, he held teaching appointments at Yale University, where he started the University’s film studies program, and at the University of Rochester and at King's College - University of London, where he founded both the film studies program and the Film Study Center.

Among numerous awards, Rodowick was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and was a Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar, Germany.

Rodowick studied cinema and comparative literature at the University of Texas, Austin, and Université de Paris 3; he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Pursuing research interests that include aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the history of film theory, philosophical approaches to contemporary art and culture, and the impact of new technologies on contemporary society, he has written numerous essays and five scholarly books.

About the 2011-2012 Lois Walters Coker Lecture Series

The annual Lois Walters Coker Lecture Series is a program established in 2000 to bring internationally recognized experts in science, history and public affairs to campus.  Among those who have given the lecture are U.S. Senator Elizabeth H. Dole; Holmes Rolston, III, winner of the 2003 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion; Lucille Clifton, former Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland; and Yale University Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies James Gustave Speth.

Walters Coker, now deceased, was the daughter of the late Theodore A. Walters, former Idaho Attorney General and Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She came to Hartsville in 1936 when she married Robert R. Coker, a leading agriculturist and businessman, who for many years headed Coker Pedigreed Seed Company. Robert Coker was the grandson of Major James Lide Coker, founder of Coker College and Sonoco Products Company.

Walters Coker loved and supported learning throughout her life. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Idaho and a Master of Arts in American History from the University of California at Berkeley. Mrs. Coker taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Idaho, at a college in Washington, D.C., and in Hartsville’s public schools. In addition to researching and writing a history of Hartsville, Walters Coker served as the national director of the Tamassee D.A.R. School near Greenville and on the Darlington County School Board.

David Shribman, Executive Editor and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will present the Spring 2011-2012 Lois Walters Coker Lecture on March 14. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene.

The 2011-2012 Lois Walters Coker Lecture Series is free and open to the public.




Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. For more information contact Barb Steadman: 843-397-9959 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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