CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.