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Release: Aug. 22, 2001
Columnist Harlan Cohen, Kurt Vonnegut begin UI Lecture Series
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Harlan Cohen, writer of "Help Me, Harlan!"
a nationally syndicated newspaper advice columnist for teens and twenty-somethings,
and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., writer and University of Iowa Writers' Workshop lecturer,
are featured speakers for the 2001-02 UI Lecture Committee season, beginning
Cohen, contributor to "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III",
will give his presentation at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Second
Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Vonnegut, who wrote the bestsellers
"Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Timequake," will appear at
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 for a lecture in the Main Lounge of the IMU. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. Written and screened audience questions will be taken after
the Vonnegut lecture. Both lectures are free and open to the public, and no
tickets are required. The lecture events are a part of WOW! 2001, the UI's
Weeks of Welcome program for new and returning students.
Cohen, 28, has made a name for himself dispensing blithe, but serious advice
to his print and online audiences since late 1995, the year he determined
teens and college students needed a national forum to share their thoughts
and ideas as part of a community. This fall Cohen will begin a new column,
which is expected to appear in the "Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition,"
and in the "Chicago Tribune."
Vonnegut has published scores of short stories, including 17 novels and
assorted works of nonfiction. His fame, wittiness, and ability as a writer
to create plots and characters with imaginative eccentricity and verve, has
inspired an international readership. His latest work, "Bagombo Snuff
Box," contains 23 previously uncollected short stories.
All UI Lecture Series lectures are free and open to the public. 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 the Lecture Committee
in advance at (319) 335-3255 or the committee chair at email@example.com.