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Hungarian professor lectures on race, gender, and class April 12

Eva Federmeyer, associate professor of American studies at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, will speak about “A 'New Negro Woman': Race, Gender, and Class in Jessie Fauset's PLUM BUN (1929),” on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at 704 Jefferson Building.

Federmeyer is a Keller Foundation grant recipient and is conducting research on African American literature and culture as an affiliate scholar with the UI’s International Forum for U. S. Studies (IFUSS) this spring. The lecture is co-sponsored by IFUSS and African American World Studies.

IFUSS is funded by a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, with support from The Ford Foundation and the UI. The program was founded by Virginia Dominguez, a UI professor of anthropology, and Jane Desmond, a UI professor of American studies. The forum works to internationalize the practice of "American Studies" in the U.S. by placing foreign and domestic scholars in dialogue, and to yield a more complex understanding of U.S. culture by bringing scholars from all parts of the globe together for shared research residences and conferences.

For more information on any these scholars, IFUSS or for special accommodations to attend any of the lectures, call (319) 335-2476, or send e-mail to


Colombian activist to speak April 8th on communities under attack

Activist Nimia Teresa Vargas will speak on "Colombian Communities Under Attack: Nimia Teresa Vargas and the Women of Choco," Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Vargas is a leader in the Colombian women's movement who suffers persecution because of the territory her community occupies and discrimination because of her race.  Vargas is on a speaking tour organized by the Colombian Human Rights Network and the U.S. Office on Colombia.  She will talk about her work with the displaced and of the massacres and persecution of civilians by both sides in the war - paramilitary groups supported by the Colombian military and guerrilla forces.

The Iowa City talk is co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP), the Iowa Women's Foundation, The UI Women's Studies Program, Women's Resource and Action Center, The Black Student Union and Amnesty International. For more information, contact Maria Hope at Anyone needing special accommodations to attend this event can call (319) 335-1486.


UI business student serves on accounting advisory board

            Ty Doggett, a senior accounting major at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, served as a member on a national student advisory board which named PricewaterhouseCoopers as the top campus recruiter among "Big Five" accounting firms.

            The Emerson Company, an analyst of the Big Five professional service firms, convened the 35-member student board. The 2002 survey results came from students from more than 20 top universities, including the UI. PricewaterhouseCoopers was rated the leader over the other professional service firms of Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, and Ernst & Young.

            The Emerson Student Advisory Board was formed to facilitate student input on the future of the accounting profession. Nearly 500 top accounting, finance, and business students responded to the survey in which they were asked to rate the Big Five firms on an overall basis, taking into account such things as campus and office interviews, recruiting Web sites, and recruiting literature.

 Doggett is president of UI chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national fraternity for accounting students. The online survey was sent to students in the UI Tippie College of Business through the Beta Alpha Psi list serve.

Doggett and other board members have met with Big Five representatives to address major issues and concerns about the accounting profession. "The Emerson Student Advisory Board has created an important link between accounting firms and the students at major universities, and I feel privileged to be an active participant in the process," Doggett said.