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UI anthropologist to discuss research on lives of Peruvian children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Childhood in America is often thought of as a carefree time of exploration, learning, and development. Childhood in developing nations such as Peru is often something else entirely.

Florence Babb, a University of Iowa associate professor of anthropology and women's studies, has studied Peruvian women and children and will present some of the results of her research in a discussion with local parents and community members Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Sprout House, 421 Melrose Ave., Iowa City.

Babb's lecture, "Trading on Childhood: Children of Peru at Work and Play," is based on her study of child street vendors in the Andean mountains of Peru. Her research has looked at the Peruvian government's economic reforms and their impact upon the children as well as upon the attitudes of the vendors. Her research was supported in part by a Spelman Rockefeller Child Research Grant from the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is one in a series of presentations by Spelman Rockefeller recipients. The series is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and Alice's Rainbow Childcare Centers in an effort to bring the latest results of research to the wider university and Iowa City community.

Free on-site child care will be available but those who need it must contact Mary Larson in advance at 354-1466 or by email at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Mary Larson in advance.