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Award-winning director, James Ivory ’51, to be keynote speaker at Cinema Studies 2017 commencement ceremony

The University of Oregon Cinema Studies Program is honored to welcome award-winning director and University of Oregon alum, James Ivory ’51, to campus as the keynote speaker of the program’s commencement ceremony Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in Straub Hall 156.

James Ivory graduated in 1951 from the University of Oregon and went on to achieve international success as one of the most influential and respected film directors of his generation.  In 1961, producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory formed Merchant Ivory Productions, a film company that created multiple award-winning films including A Room With a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Maurice has been restored in 4K and will be re-released this summer for the film’s 30th anniversary. Most recently, Ivory wrote the feature Call Me By Your Name (2017), which premiered at Sundance to critical acclaim.

James Ivory has been an influential UO alum and was recognized with a Pioneer Award in 1993, which is presented to individuals who have been outstanding pioneers in business, philanthropy, communication, politics and the arts. Ivory has also donated many fascinating documents to the UO Special Collections and University Archives, including photos, sketchbooks, scripts, business records, and correspondence with family, friends, and major film stars with whom Ivory has worked, such as Tom Cruise, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Christopher Reeve, and Vanessa Redgrave.

James Ivory visits a cinema studies class
in Special Collections and University Archives.

Photo by: Amanda Garcia. Courtesy: UO Libraries