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Oxford Project Revisited
University of Iowa



Peter Feldstein, University of Iowa emeritus professor of art, and Stephen G. Bloom, professor of journalism, will discuss their critically-acclaimed "Oxford Project" on Oct. 22 on the grounds of the campus. Together, they will explore how the project, which has been featured in the New York Times and Smithsonian magazine, and on ABC World News Tonight, was born, their process, and the ideas behind the project.

Feldstein and Bloom's collaboration has attracted a great deal of attention recently. It began more than 20 years ago, in 1984, when Feldstein photographed 670 people in the small eastern Iowa town of Oxford, where he has lived for nearly three decades.

Last year, Feldstein decided to go back to Oxford and follow up the original project with a new series of portraits of the same people. This time, Bloom conducted interviews with the subjects. .

Feldstein works in photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital imaging. He has exhibited nationally, including group shows at the Center for Creative Photography, Walker Art Center and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received an NEA Individual Artist's Grant, two Iowa Arts Council grants and two Polaroid Collection grants. He earned a master's degree and a master of fine arts degree from the UI, and taught photography and digital imaging at the UI from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. He received an individual artist's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Iowa Arts Council Grants and two Polaroid Collection grants. He has also been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College.

Stephen G. Bloom is the author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America" (2000). A Selection of The Book of the Month Club and Quality Paperback Books Club, "Postville" was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous media outlets and has become required reading in more than 100 university and college courses throughout the United States. Bloom has lectured widely about issues of diversity, the nature of community, cultural identity and the social sense of belonging. Bloom is the author of other books and freelance articles, and he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News and other major newspapers. For the last 13 years, Bloom has taught at the UI, where he specializes in narrative journalism.


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