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Release: Oct. 11, 2001

UI visitor to speak on gay identity, discontent Oct. 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A leading sexuality studies scholar will visit the University of Iowa Oct. 14-18 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, sponsored by the sexuality studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. During his visit, David Halperin, the University of Michigan's W.H. Auden Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, will give a free public lecture on "Gay Identity and its Discontents." His presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in Room 107, English-Philosophy Building. Halperin will also speak to undergraduate classes and meet with faculty and graduate students during his campus visit.

Halperin has been a leader in the field of sexuality studies for more than a decade. His research interests include Queer Theory and the cultural history of homosexuality; classical studies and its relation to contemporary cultural history; and critical theory.

Halperin is the author of a number of influential books, including two regarded as classics in the field: "One Hundred Years Of Homosexuality And Other Essays On Greek Love," (1990) and "Saint Foucault: Towards A Gay Hagiography" (1995). His fifth book, "What Men Call Love: Ancient Texts, Modern Readings," will be published this year by University of Chicago Press. Halperin is also the co-editor of "GLQ: A Journal Of Lesbian And Gay Studies."

He received his Ph.D. in classics at Stanford University in 1980 and began his academic career in the Literature Section at M.I.T. He then joined the School of Sociology at The University of New South Wales before moving to Michigan.

Halperin's visit is cosponsored by the UI departments of classics, English, French and Italian, and history. His activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.