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NY Times film critic to speak at Ithaca College

The Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences and Department of Writing will present a talk by “New York Times” film critic A.O. Scott on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Scott will discuss “Criticism as a Way of Life” at 7:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.Scott joined the arts section at the “New York Times” in January 2000, following the retirement of Janet Maslin from film criticism. Previously, he was a Sunday book reviewer for “Newsday” and a frequent contributor to “Slate,” the “New York Review of Books” and many other publications. In 2006 and 2007, he served repeatedly as guest critic on “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper,” filling in for the ill Roger Ebert. Scott holds a B.A. degree in literature from Harvard and is currently working on a book of literary criticism about the 20th-century American novel.While on campus, Scott will teach a master class in nonfiction writing and meet individually with selected writing students. His visit is part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, which will also present readings by fiction writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and poet Jean Valentine on Tuesday, March 17.To read Scott’s film reviews for the “Times,” visit http://movies.nytimes.com/ref/movies/reviews/author/rev_auth_scott/index.html/.For more information on the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/writing/dvw/ or contact Jack Wang, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-3493 or wang@ithaca.edu.

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