Dr. Armstrong’s presentation, entitled “Understanding the World of Movies,” will feature several movie clips and discussion centered around his passion of movies and movie making. A life long fan of movies, Armstrong wrote and directed the 2009 documentary “Return to Little Hollywood,” which told the story of the history of commercial filmmaking in southern Utah, particularly in the Kane County area.
A native of Annapolis, Md., Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in English from Florida State University in 2004. His published writings about the movies have appeared in Film Quarterly, Classic Images, and Film Score Monthly. He has also authored three books, including “Pictures about Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer (McFarland, 2008),” and “Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career (McFarland, 2011).” His latest book released last spring, entitled “John Frankenheimer: Interviews, Essays and Profiles,” reprints the most interesting and insightful of the published statements the famed director made about his life behind the camera.
The weekly Dixie Forum series will continue its 2013 Fall Semester slate on Tuesday, Sept. 17, featuring a presentation on professional photography by award-winning photographer Nick Adams.
The remainder of the Fall Dixie Forum schedule will be as follows. All forums will be Tuesdays (unless noted) at noon in the Dunford Auditorium:
September 17 Award-Winning Photographer Nick Adams
September 24 DSU-CCI Director Bill Mathews – “FBI Stories from a Former Agent”
October 1 Professor Jiangwei Li, DSU Branch of U of U Confucius Institute
“U of U Confucius Institute at DSU – Chinese Calligraphy”
October 8 No Forum – DSU Fall Break
October 15 Dr. Mark Jeffreys, DSU Associate Professor of Integrated Studies
“Survival and Stability in a Rural Canadian Community”
October 22 Dr. Randy Lewis, USTAR Professor of Biology, Utah State University
“Spider Silk Research”
October 29 DSU Faculty Member Shadman Bashir – “War, Terrorism and the Future”
November 5 Financial Consultant Dana Telford – “The Billionaires Classroom”
November 12 SUU Associate Professor of English Bryce Christensen
“Of Sonnets and Subphylums: How Poetry Survives (or Dies) in a Scientific World”
November 19 Debbie Zockoll – “The History and Story of the St. George Marathon”