Distinguished Visitors

Ian Bogost

Video Game Designer and Critic

Wednesday, Mach 26, 2014
IU Cinema, 3:30pm

Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. An award-winning designer and media philosopher, Bogost is author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, other books on videogames, as well as the recent Alien Phenomenology: What It’s Like to Be a Thing. His recent independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game send-up of Facebook games. A Slow Year, a collection of videogame poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, was winner of the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

Alec Soth


Friday, February 7, 2014
Fine Arts 015

Alec Soth has compiled a body of work as a photographer—largely focused on people and places of the Midwest—that has been exhibited at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and elsewhere. He has published several collections of his photographs, including Last Days of W (2008), about a country “exhausted by George W. Bush’s presidency,” and Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), which has become a collector’s item. Soth also founded the publishing house Little Brown Mushroom.

Chris Ware

Award-winning Cartoonist and Author of Building Stories and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

A Ruth N. Halls Lecture

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
IU Cinema

Chris Ware is one of the most important graphic artists working today. His graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon, 2000) received an American Book Award in 2000, the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, and the French comics award “L’Alph Art” in 2003. In 2009 Jimmy Corrigan was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London). Ware is also the author of The Acme Novelty Datebook Volumes 1 and 2 (Drawn & Quarterly, 2003, 2007), Quimby the Mouse (Fantagraphics, 2003), was the editor of the 13th issue of McSweeney’s (2005), and was the guest editor of Houghton-Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2007. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, and was the cartoonist chosen to inaugurate the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section in late 2005. He is currently at work on a long-form graphic novel, Rusty Brown. His book Building Stories was released in October 2012. In December, 2012, Building Stories was named one of the New York Times “10 Best Books of 2012.”

This event sponsored by Themester 2013: “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World,” an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

john edgar wideman

Thursday, September 20, 2012

One of the major voices in American fiction over the past thirty years, John Edgar Wideman has received many honors, including the Macarthur Fellowship, the American Book Award for fiction, and the Pen/Faulkner Award (twice).

His fictional works include Sent for You Yesterday, Philadelphia Fire, and Briefs. His non-fiction includes the award-winning memoir Brothers and Keepers, as well as articles on figures ranging from Emmett Till to Denzel Washington and Thelonius Monk.