Filmmaker and author Bill Carter to present 2012 Whiteley Lecture on Monday, Feb. 27

Carter will discuss his award-winning film Miss Sarajevo following a screening of the film, which provides a glimpse of war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s. Pacific assistant music professor Dijana Ihas appears in the film.

Pacific University's 2012 Whiteley Distinguished Lecture will feature an unanticipated reunion of sorts between award-winning filmmaker Bill Carter and University faculty member Dijana Ihas.

Carter will speak about his experiences in war-torn Bosnia while producing his acclaimed documentary Miss Sarajevo, a collaboration between him and rock band U2.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Pacific's Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (2014 Cedar Street).

A showing of Miss Sarajevo will precede Carter's talk. While filming, Carter unknowingly filmed Ihas as a member of the Sarajevo Orchestra while it practiced in the basement of a bombed-out building.  

Ihas and Carter did not know one another during the filming, and will meet for the first time at the lecture.

A reception will follow, and Carter will also partake in a book-signing of his two literary works, Fools Rush In and Red Summer, both of which will be available for purchase.

The Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is an annual offering of Pacific's College of Arts & Sciences

This year's lecture is presented by the College's School of Arts & Humanities. The lecture is funded through a generous grant by the Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. Benjamin Whiteley (Hon. '01) is a Trustee Emeritus.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Feb 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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