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Coleman selects English professor Ed Folsom 1998 Presidential Lecturer
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa president Mary Sue Coleman has
selected English professor Ed Folsom to present the 15th annual Presidential
Lecture. Folsom, an internationally recognized Walt Whitman scholar will
deliver his lecture Feb. 15, 1998 in Clapp Recital Hall.
Folsom joined the UI English department in 1976 and served as its chair
from 1991-1995. "I'm delighted to be selected," Folsom said.
"I consider it a great honor because I have tremendous respect for
the people who preceded me in this position, and I look forward to joining
this 15-year-old ongoing conversation about the intellectual heart of the
University of Iowa."
Former UI president James Freedman initiated the annual event in 1984
to provide a public showcase for university scholarship, research, and
The Presidential Lecture Selection Committee, a faculty committee chaired
by Leslie Sims, dean of the Graduate College, is now accepting nominations
for the 1999 Presidential Lecturer.
In addition, the selection committee for the newly-created President's
Award for Technology Innovation is also accepting nominations. Vice President
for Research David Skorton has agreed to chair that committee. This new
award, which Coleman announced at the UI Convocation on Sept. 23, recognizes
the year's most creative use of technology for the benefit of the UI learning
community. It will be awarded for the first time at the 1998 convocation
"These two presidential awards -- which I regard as mutually complementary
-- offer our community a splendid opportunity to honor exemplary contributions
to the advancement of learning," Coleman said.