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Dr. Ilka Kressner on the Mexican Travel Photographs of Fritz Neugass

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March 19, 2018

Contacts: Trudi Jacobson, Head of Information Literacy Department,, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Campus Conversations in Standish:
Dr. Ilka Kressner on the Mexican Travel Photographs of Fritz Neugass

Photo of Ilka Kressner

Ilka Kressner, PhD, Associate Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies in UAlbany’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will lead the next “Campus Conversations in Standish” with a talk titled “Photographic Contact Zones: The Mexican Travel Photographs of Fritz Neugass.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 12:35-1:30 p.m. in the Science Library’s Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. Light food will be provided. All are welcome.

Fritz Neugass (1899–1979) was an acclaimed photographer and arts journalist who fled the Nazi regime in his native Germany to the United States in 1941. The Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives acquired his photographs and papers in 1983 to include in its German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collections (, which document the mass migration of German-speaking intellectuals from the Nazi regime.

Dr. Kressner is the author of Sites of Disquiet: The Non-Space in Spanish American Short Narratives and Their Cinematic Transformations (Purdue University Press, 2013). She teaches courses on Spanish American film, literatures, and cultures.  

“This semester's Campus Conversations series focuses on the interplay between culture and society,” explains Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “Dr. Kressner's talk builds on the subject while using unique materials from the Libraries' special collections.”

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. They are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to all.

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