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Release: Aug. 21, 2000

College of Liberal Arts Saturday Scholars 2000 series begins Sept. 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This fall the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts offers the chance to learn about a variety of topics from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. There will be no books, no homework, no tests, and, best of all, no tuition. These lessons will be offered as part of the third annual "Saturday Scholars" program, a free lecture and discussion series open to the public on six Saturdays in September and October.

This year, program participants can learn about Shakespeare, the Northern Lights, the life of a travelling musician, turn-of-the-last-century amusement parks, jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and the brain's memory capacity.

"We've put together a program highlighting faculty from a broad range of disciplines," said Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "I hope members of the community will take this opportunity to come to campus and learn about some of the exciting work our faculty members are pursuing. You don't have to be a scientist, a historian, or a musician to enjoy these presentations. You just have to be a little curious."

All presentations will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. Each session will last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

This year's program includes:

Sept. 9 "Shakespeare: Side by Side," Miriam Gilbert, professor of English

Sept. 16 "The Aurora Borealis: Nature's Lightshow in the Sky," Craig Kletzing, associate professor of physics and astronomy

Sept. 23 "Oboe on the Road," Mark Weiger, professor of music

Oct. 7 "Yesteryear's Wonderlands: How Amusement Parks Introduced Modernism to America," Lauren Rabinovitz, professor of American studies and cinema and comparative literature

Oct. 14 "All that Jazz: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington," Horace Porter, professor of African-American world studies and English

Oct. 21 "Eye, Brain, and Mind," Steven Luck, associate professor of psychology

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 College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2610.