Symposium topic is 'Writing About the Arts'

University Park, Pa. -- The Arts in Public Life Project will present a symposium on "Writing About the Arts" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Johanna Keller, founding director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University, will be the keynote speaker. Robin Becker, Departments of English and Women's Studies; Ann Shostrum, School of Visual Arts; Russell Frank, Department of Journalism; and Ford Risley, head of the Department of Journalism will act as discussants for the program.

Keller writes about music and culture for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Los Angeles Times, London Evening Standard and Opera News. For her essays in The New York Times, she received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the Front Page Award. A nationally recognized arts journalism advocate, she twice has served on the Pulitzer Prize Jury at Columbia University.

The Arts in Public Life Project is sponsored by a grant from the Institute for Arts and Humanities at Penn State. Keller's visit also is co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism, the Center for American Literary Studies and the School of Visual Arts at Penn State.

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Last Updated April 15, 2009