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Visiting professor to read from his nonfiction account of Chicago murder

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ted Anton, a visiting professional in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will read from his recent nonfiction book about the murder of a popular religion professor in Chicago.

Anton will read from, "Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the Communication Center, Rm. 301. The reading is free and open to the public.

The book chronicles the story of Ioan Culianu, a popular University of Chicago Divinity School professor who was murdered in a campus men's room on the afternoon of May 21, 1991. Though the case remains unsolved, the book traces the Romanian-born professor's rise in American academia, his series of more than 30 journal articles criticizing the post-revolutionary government and far-right coalitions of Romania, and threats on his life by shadowy figures angry about his writings and comments on the subject, which were published and broadcast by mainstream media around the world.

Anton is an associate professor in nonfiction writing at DePaul University of Chicago and has been investigating the murder since it happened. He has served as an expert on the Culianu case for ABC News, National Public Radio, Radio France International and Chicago and Romanian television. He also is co-editor of "The New Science Journalists," and has written for numerous magazines including Chicago Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Lingua Franca.

Anton received a master's degree from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, both in 1984. He has received numerous awards, including a senior Fulbright research fellowship, a National Magazine Award nomination and a National Teachers As Writer's Award.

For further information, contact the School at (319)335-5821.