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Release: March 22, 2001

Indiana University professor Eileen Julien will speak to the African Studies Colloquium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Eileen Julien will speak to the African Studies Colloquium on "Modernity and Multiple Imaginaries in Literature and the Arts" on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
in the International Center Lounge. The presentation, part of the University of Iowa African Studies Colloquium, is free and open to the public.

Julien, a professor of comparative literature and French at Indiana University, was the founding director of the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal. She is the author of the important book "African Novels and the Question of Orality" and many other critical works, edited collections and translations. One of her major current projects is "African Literature and Questions of Power and Knowledge: A Dialogue Between 'Humanists' and Social Scientists."

Julien is a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, Carnegie Fellow, a past president of the African Literature Association and recent executive board member of the African Studies Association. Her broad perspective and depth of experience in Africa is certain to raise important questions in conjunction with the colloquium topic, Africa and the Critique of Modernity.

For more information, contact Rex Honey, chair of the UI African Studies Program, at 335-0154.

Women's Center sponsors discussion of cultural relativism and global activism

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will sponsor a discussion of cultural relativism and global activism on Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. in the Hillcrest private dining room located downstairs from the Hillcrest Hall lobby.

Professor Ken Cmiel from the department of history will be the speaker. The program, part of the Dining and Dialogue series, is co-sponsored by Iowa Women Initiating Social Change, UI Amnesty International, and the department of residence services.

For more information, call the Women's Center at 319/335-1486.

UI engineering lecture on structural optimization scheduled March 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Raphael Haftka, University of Florida professor in the department of aerospace engineering, mechanics and engineering, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering and the Caterpillar Foundation. Haftka plans to discuss the increasing speed of computers and vehicle structural analysis in his talk, "Structural Optimization: What Has Moor's Law Done For Us?"

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Colloquium is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the UI department of mechanical engineering in advance at 319-335-5668.