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Release: Aug. 27, 2001

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2001 Saturday Scholars series begins Sept. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some of the top scholars in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are teaching homework- and tuition-free seminars this fall. The sessions are part of the college's fourth-annual Saturday Scholars program, a free lecture and discussion series open to the public on six Saturdays in September, October, and November.

Participants will hear about a range of topics including, American workaholism, Depression-era medicine, anthropomorphism and science, civility in America, and empowering low-income women. The series also includes critically-acclaimed author Ethan Canin reading from his latest novel.

"Once again this year we're inviting the community to stop in and learn about some of the exciting work our faculty members are pursuing," said Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "The series incorporates a wide variety of topics, from science and social science to humanities and the arts, so there's really something for everybody. It's a wonderful opportunity for anyone with a little curiosity to dip into a new area of knowledge."

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. 8 -- "Work, More Work, Work Everlasting!" Benjamin Hunnicutt, professor of health, leisure, and sport studies

Sept. 22 -- "Iowa Physicians in the Depression," Susan Lawrence, associate professor of history

Oct. 6 -- "Do Infant Rats Cry? And Why Should We Care?" Mark Blumberg, professor of psychology

Oct. 20 -- "The Civility Trap: America's Nostalgia for a More Civil Time," Melissa Deem, assistant professor of rhetoric and women's studies

Nov. 3 -- A reading from the novel "Carry Me Across the Water," Ethan Canin, professor of English

Nov. 17 -- "Lessons on Empowerment: Listening to the Voices of Entrepreneurial Women," Salome Raheim, director of the UI School of Social Work

Additional information is available 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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 335-2610.