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Author and Illustrator Virga Visits UCM as Scholar in Residence

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 27, 2009) – UCM ’s Center for Religious Studies and Department of Geography will host contemporary author, editor and illustrator Vincent Virga as a Scholar in Residence on the UCM campus March 1-5.

Vincent Virga
Vincent Virga

Editing, Research and Design

Virga has edited, researched, and designed more than 250 books, including those by such high profile authors as Leonard Bernstein, Laurence Olivier, Ariel Sharon, and Tammy Wynette.  Some of these books have been publishing events in their own right, including Bill Clinton’s My Life and Hilary Rodham Clinton’s Living History.

Virga Books Established

Virga also has authored or co-authored seven major books and three novels, including CartographiaMapping Civilizations, the highly regarded Eyes of the Nation, and A Visual History of the United States, for which he also created companion CD/DVD disks. A new imprint at Bunker Hill Publishing, Vincent Virga Books, named in honor of Virga, recently published the first of a new series of visual works by photographers.

Presentations Scheduled

Virga's presentations mirror his books and are highly animated and visual. He will discuss “Ancient Maps and the Religions of the World” from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Lovinger 1290. He then will lecture on “Maps as Cultural Landscapes” at 3:30 p.m. in Elliott Union 234A. A drawing for an autographed copy Cartographia then will be conducted, and a book signing immediately will follow.

Virga will lecture on “Why is Europe a Continent?” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Wood 10.  Following this event, the James C. Kirkpatrick library staff will host a farewell reception in his honor from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information contact the Center for Religious Studies at 660-543-8674.