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Release: Nov. 7, 2001

UI hosts distinguished geographer as Ida Beam Lecturer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Susan Hanson, professor in the School of Geography at Clark University, Worcester, Mass., will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor during the week of Monday, Nov. 12.

Her free, public lecture, "A feminist geographer looks at entrepreneurship," will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. She plans to consider such questions as the characteristics of an entrepreneur and the nature of entrepreneurship and innovation.

She is also scheduled to present a research seminar, The Kohn Colloquium: "Entrepreneurship as serendipity: Gender and geography in action!" from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in Room S207 of the John Pappajohn Business Building. Among other things, she plans to discuss her study of privately owned businesses in two metropolitan areas where she found serendipity an important factor in business start-up.

Hanson is an acclaimed teacher and researcher in the fields of urban transportation, urban labor markets, and gender issues. Her research focus has included the relationship between people and the urban environment, with particular attention to how geography shapes economic opportunity. She is a past president of the Association of American Geographers, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was selected to serve as a visiting fellow by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University for the 2001-02 academic year. In 2000 she became the first woman geographer elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Her visit is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of geography, the graduate program in urban and regional planning, the School of Social Work, the women's studies program, the Public Policy Center, the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of the College of Business, the Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE), the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of geography at 335-0151.