Coe's Thursday Forum focuses on photography

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2009-02-19 14:47:13 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum will explore "The Photographic Truth" in March while posing the question, does the photograph ever lie?

Art Professor Lucille Goodson makes her Thursday Forum debut with an examination of fundamental ways in which photography has informed our culture. Less than 200 years old, the photographic image has opened limitless windows in scientific research, created social movements and inspired presidents to create national parks. It is also capable of propelling gross untruths, such as representing the Native American as the 'noble savage.'

Goodson will open the series by covering the first 50 years of photography, as scientists and artists raced to arrest the impression of light falling on paper. The second lecture explores late 19th century views of the photograph as a scientific tool - one that could not interpret and, thus, was incapable of bias. The third lecture introduces photography as art. The series closes by examining photography as a tool for social change in the early 20th century. Goodson's photography Web site is

The lectures will be held March 5, 19, 26 and April 2 in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Note that there is no Thursday Forum session on March 12, which falls during Coe's Spring Break. Each session begins at 9:15 a.m. and lasts until about 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week. The series will conclude with a luncheon on the final Thursday for an additional $8.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "The Photographic Truth" - March 5, 19, 26 and April 2
  • "Four Musicals that Have Helped 'Save' Broadway" - April 9, 16, 23, 30