Renowned film scholar James Naremore to talk on Orson Welles

James Naremore
James Naremore

The NIU English Department will host film scholar James Naremore, Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor at Indiana University, who will deliver a graduate colloquium lecture titled “Orson Welles at 100.”

Naremore will offer a retrospective on the career of Orson Welles, who is among Hollywood’s most famous actors, writers, directors and producers. Welles co-wrote, directed and starred in his most critically acclaimed movie, “Citizen Kane” (1941), often ranked at or near the top of compilations of the greatest films of all time.

Naremore’s talk, which will include discussion of Welles’ time spent outside of the United States and his contributions to media other than film, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Cole Hall 100, with a reception and refreshments in the foyer beginning at 5 p.m.

In honor of Naremore’s presentation, DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre will host a screening of Welles’ last major film project, “F for Fake (1973), a documentary on art forgery, authorship and authenticity. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, with doors opening 30 minutes in advance.

Both events are sponsored by the NIU Graduate School and Graduate Colloquium and the departments of English, Communication and History, as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.

For more information, email the English Graduate Student Association at egsa.niu@gmail.com.

by Kelsey Williams

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