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Gordon Parks

"Creativity"
Humanities Lecture Series

Sat., Apr. 24, 1993, 12:00am
Gordon Parks, noted African American novelist, filmmaker, and memoirist, presented the inaugural Floyd and Frances Horowitz Lecture. Designed to foster the exploration of issues related to our multi-cultural society, the Horowitz lecture provided an apt forum for the return of Mr. Parks to this campus and to the state where he was born in 1912. A National Medal of Arts award winner in 1988, Parks received the Kansas Governor's Medal in 1986 in recognition of his acclaimed Kansas-based novel and film, The Learning Tree (1963 and 1969 respectively), and his achievements as a movie director, a composer, and a photo-journalist.

Parks' lecture focused on the topic of creativity; he coordinated his remarks with slides taken from his widely-respected work as a photographer.

In conjunction with his visit to KU, Parks led a colloquium on his many -faceted artistic career for the benefit of interested faculty and students. Parks' lecture also served as the culminating event of the Writing Personal and Family History workshop sponsored by the Hall Center on April 24.

April 24, 1993
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