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Release: March 26, 2002

(EDITORS: To arrange an advance interview with Thomas Moore on Monday, April 1, contact Mary Geraghty Kenyon at 384-0011.)

Best-selling 'soul' writer Thomas Moore to visit UI April 3-5

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Best-selling author, theologian, musician, therapist and "soul man" Thomas Moore will visit the University of Iowa April 3-5 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. During his three-day visit he will participate in five public events ranging from a concert of classical music to a discussion on the "Soul of the University." His visit is sponsored by the UI School of Religion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Demand is so great for Moore's guest lectures that it has taken nearly eight years to bring him to campus. David Klemm, director of the School of Religion, said he hopes Moore's broad appeal will help to unite the campus and community.

"Moore has an incredibly wide readership and following," Klemm said. "I hope his visit will stimulate thought and discussion across the university and wider community about what it means to be a creative, reflective, and active human being."

Moore's books "Care of the Soul" (1992) and "Soul Mates" (1994) each spent many months on the New York Times Bestseller List when first published. He defines the soul as "the source of creativity and wisdom in human beings," and in his lectures he relates the question of the soul to a wide array of topics including music, medicine, art, history, psychology and religion.

All of his UI presentations are free and open to the public. His schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 3:

8 p.m. -- Moore provides commentary following a Kantorei Concert, directed by Timothy Stalter, UI professor of music; Old Brick, 26 E. Market St.; program includes "Mass" (Igor Stravinsky) performed by Kantorei and winds from UI School of Music, "Ad te levavi" (Martin Jenni -- former UI music professor) performed by Kantorei, and a group of four Shaker Songs arranged by Moore

Thursday, April 4:

Noon -- "Spirit and Soul in the Practice of Medicine: Addressing the Mysteries of Life & Death," a lecture for anyone interested in the healing arts; Ziffren Conference Room, 1502 JCP, UI Hospitals and Clinics

3:30 p.m. -- "The Soul of the University," a conversation with David Skorton, UI vice president for research and external relations; S401 Pappajohn Business Building

8 p.m. -- "Religion, Spirituality, and the Original Life of the Soul," a lecture and discussion in conjunction with Live from Prairie Lights on WSUI; Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Building

Friday, April 5:

3:30 p.m. -- "Creativity as a Way of Life: Emotions and Fantasies in a Life in Art," a lecture and discussion co-sponsored by the UI Division of Performing Arts; Lasansky Room, UI Museum of Art

Before his books started selling millions of copies, Moore had a varied career path. He was a Catholic monk for 12 years, leaving just before being ordained. After that he turned to the academic world, earning four degrees between 1967 and 1975 -- a B.A. in music from DePaul University, an M.A. in musicology from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in theology from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and a Ph.D. in religion and depth psychology from Syracuse University. He spent about 10 years teaching at the university level and then shifted to writing and private practice psychotherapy.

Moore's visit is co-sponsored by the Division of Performing Arts, the School of Art & Art History, the College of Medicine Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. 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. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. 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.