PASADENA—Director and screenwriter Oliver Stone will give the 1996–97 James Michelin Lecture at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium on Tuesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. The lecture is free; seating is first-come, first-served, and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
Born in New York City in 1946 of a French mother and American father, Oliver Stone dropped out of college in 1965 to teach in Vietnam and returned in 1967–68 as a soldier on the front line. He completed his studies at New York University Film School in 1971 and worked at several jobs around New York until the success of his screenplay Midnight Express in 1978.
Among his many film credits are Platoon, Born on the 4th of July, JFK, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. He has been nominated for an Oscar six times, and has won the award three times; one for Midnight Express, one for Platoon, and another for Born on the 4th of July. He also has an Emmy to his credit for the HBO movie Indictment: The McMartin Trial.
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The James Michelin Distinguished Visitor Program was established in 1992 by New York designer Bonnie Cashin in memory of her uncle, James Michelin, a consulting engineer, who had always hoped to attend Caltech. Previous speakers in this series have included architectural critic Vincent Scully, artist David Hockney, playwright Tom Stoppard, and architect Frank Gehry. The purpose of these lectures is to promote creative interaction between the arts and sciences.