CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 5, 1999
UI English department hosts symposium in honor of retiring
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of
English is sponsoring a symposium titled "Writing Life & Land" April 8-9
in the Gerber Lounge of the English-Philosophy Building on the UI campus.
The symposium was organized in honor of longtime English
professor Robert F. Sayre's retirement. It will run from 1:45-6 p.m. Thursday,
April 8 and 2:15-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 9 with a cocktail reception to follow
from 5-7 p.m. in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Speakers at the symposium will address the four major
research areas Sayre focused on during his 33-year career at the UI: American
autobiography, Native American literature, Throeau, and the prairie landscape.
Guest speakers include: Sidonie Smith, University of Michigan; Hertha Dawn
Sweet Wong, University of California at Berkeley; William Howarth, Princeton
University; and Joni Kinsey, University of Iowa. Sayre will also speak at
the symposium, giving a presentation titled, "The Landscape of Capitalism."
Sayre has been a tireless advocate for historic preservation,
recreational trails, and prairie restoration. Along with the numerous scholarly
books and articles he published during his career, he also took the initiative
in the 1980s to compile the first Iowa guidebook since the WPA Guide of the
1930s. He edited and wrote part of "Take This Exit," a collection of essays
on the Iowa vernacular landscape, which was published by Iowa State University
Press in 1989. A sequel, "Take the Next Exit," is planned for 2000.