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In Conjunction with Margaret Bourke-White Exhibit at Dixon Gallery, Professor Will Discuss Photographer's Influence on Perceptions of the South
For release: Feb. 2, 2006
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Dr. Leigh Anne Duck, assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis and specialist on the literature and culture of the South in the 1930s, will discuss "Picturing Southern Poverty: Margaret Bourke-White and Depression-era Documentary" at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

Held in conjunction with the Dixon exhibit "Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927-1936," the discussion will focus on Bourke-White's photographs in You Have Seen Their Faces – the book she wrote with her husband, Erskine Caldwell – as well as her role in shaping the way Americans perceive the South.

Sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the lecture is free for Dixon members and U of M students with valid I.D., and it is included with general museum admission for all others.

A Tennessee native, Duck received her doctorate from the University of Chicago and is the author of many articles on the 20th century South and the forthcoming book The Nation's Region: Southern Modernism, Segregation, and U.S. Nationalism (University of Georgia Press). Her talk at the Dixon will be the third collaboration between the Gallery and the Humanities Center at the U of M.

For more information, call 901-678-4586 or email baching@memphis.edu.

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