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Grawemeyer week to feature talks, music, film

by UofL Today last modified Apr 06, 2010 09:22 AM

Current and past Grawemeyer Award winners will be the focus of several University of Louisville events April 12-15.

The 2010 winners will be on campus to receive their awards and to present their ideas in public talks.

Music faculty will perform compositions by Grawemeyer Award winners, and the Floyd Theater will play host to the Louisville Premiere of the movie "Blood Done Sign My Name," a film based on the book that won the 2007 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

UofL gives Grawemeyer prizes each year for outstanding ideas or works in music composition, world order, psychology, education and religion. UofL and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly administer the religion award.

2010 winners' talks

Talks by this year's winners are at UofL's Belknap Campus unless otherwise noted. No reservations or tickets are required for admission. Here's the schedule:

  • Ronald Melzack, psychology award recipient whose research on how people experience pain has led to innovative treatments for chronic pain, April 12 at noon in Room 101, Strickler Hall.
  • Keith Stanovich, education award recipient for his book, “What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought,” April 12 at 4 p.m. in the University Club ballroom.
  • Trita Parsi, world order recipient for his book, “Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the U.S.,” April 12 at 7 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Eboo Patel, religion recipient for his autobiography, “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation,” April 14 at 7 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
  • York Hoeller, music recipient for "Spheres," a six-movement work for orchestra, April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music.

Grawemeyer concert

Grawemeyer Players will perform a program of works by 2010 recipient Hoeller and by past Grawemeyer-winning composers Witold Lutoslawski, Gyorgy Kurtag, Sebastian Currier, Peter Lieberson and Brett Dean, 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. The program highlights pieces other than those for which the composers received the award.

Louisville premiere: 'Blood Done Sign My Name'

As does Grawemeyer winner Timothy Tyson's book by the same name, the 2010 movie centers on the 1970 murder in Oxford, N.C., of a 23-year-old black Vietnam veteran by a prominent white businessman and his two grown sons and the reaction of the townspeople. 

The movie will have its Louisville premiere at an invitation-only event Sunday, April 11. 

UofL's Floyd Theatre will present the movie to the public at 2 p.m. both Tuesday, April 13, and Wednesday, April 14.  General admission is $3 per person; admission for students with ID is $1.50.

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