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Ivy Hall Writers Series presents Camille Paglia Thursday

Social critic and best-selling author will be discussing her latest book, "Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars."

Camille Paglia, esteemed social critic and best-selling author of "Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn," presents her latest foray into the world of Western art with "Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars."

From Queen Nefertari's ancient tomb to George Lucas's "Revenge of the Sith," Paglia examines more than two dozen paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces, and digital art work that have influenced what and how we see. 

Paglia will speak on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the SCAD Atlanta, Events Space, 4th floor, Building C, 1600 Peachtree Street.

Admission is free with the purchase of the book ($32 tax included) or $10 without. Free for SCAD employees and students with proper ID. Tickets are available in advance at A Cappella Books, or online here. www.acappellabooks.com. A book signing is available after the lecture with the purchase of a book.

The lesbian author and art critic holds no punches when it comes to discussing Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender culture. This recent Examiner article describes how she “sees a gay culture movement that is in decline and disses celebrities like Chaz Bono and Lady Gaga and praises artists from earlier days as genius in the gay culture movement.”

Excerpted reviews for Glittering Images: 

"The provocative part? In the end, she proclaims that the avant-garde is dead and that George Lucas is our greatest living artist. This will get the smart folks talking."  -Library Journal

"Both a valuable cultural critique and an elucidating history, Paglia's latest would suit the general reader, as well as those looking for an alternative approach to contemporary ways of seeing." -Publishers Weekly

This event was originally slated to be held last month, but needed to be rescheduled due to travel restrictions as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Paglia teaches in the department of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is also the author of "Sex, Art, and American Culture; Vamps & Tramps," and "The Birds," a study of Alfred Hitchcock.

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