Adam Lowenstein is Professor of English and Film/Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film (Columbia University Press, 2005). His essays on topics as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock, Japanese cinema, the art film, David Cronenberg, and Ben Wheatley have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has been interviewed on issues of cinema and culture in The New York Times and in Adam Simon’s documentary The American Nightmare.
As a Senior Fellow in the Humanities Center, Adam has organized a number of special events focused on the 50th anniversary of the landmark independent American horror film Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the career of its Pittsburgh-based director, the late George A. Romero. “The Legacies of George A. Romero: Genre, Politics, and Independent Film” was a two-day symposium co-sponsored with the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art. It brought the filmmakers Peggy Ahwesh and Adam Simon, along with the scholars Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Tom Gunning, Joan Hawkins, Isabel Pinedo, and Kristopher Woofter to Pittsburgh for screenings and discussions. “Reflections on Romero” assembled a distinguished group of Romero’s key creative collaborators – actors, artists, writers, and family members – to speak about the significance of the director’s work across all phases of his long career. Additional Romero-related programming includes visits from the philosopher Noël Carroll and the art historian Maria Loh, along with collaborations involving Pitt’s University Art Gallery and Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
Adam also serves on the steering committee for Romero Lives: Pittsburgh Celebrates George A. Romero (www.romerolives.net), an ongoing city-wide tribute to the director with participants ranging across universities, museums, small businesses, the George A. Romero Foundation, and the Office of the Mayor. The tribute launched officially on October 1, 2018, precisely 50 years to the day since Night of the Living Dead had its Pittsburgh premiere. In a press conference, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proclaimed this date “George A. Romero Day.” Romero Lives events have attracted widespread coverage in both the local and national news media.