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Images of African Life to Highlight Talk at Susquehanna University

March 25, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Vera Viditz-Ward, professor of art at Bloomsburg University, will share her experiences as a photographer and documentarian of Africa on April 1 at 11 a.m. at Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Viditz-Ward’s talk will trace the more than 25 years she has spent exploring the lives of people in West Africa and the West African Diaspora, especially Sierra Leone.

Viditz-Ward received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Hartford Art School of The University of Hartford, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her photographs have been published and exhibited in numerous solo shows both nationally and
internationally, and appear in numerous collections including The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, The United States Department of State Art in Embassies permanent collection and the National Museum of Sierra Leone.

The talk, free and open to the public, will be followed by an optional lunch at noon. For lunch reservations or questions, call the Office of Conference and Event Management at 570-372-4354.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning hosts an annual series of lectures and luncheons that seek to promote fellowship and continued learning among seniors and others in the community and surrounding area.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650

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