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Release: May 14, 2002

Symposium brings gifted education experts to UI campus May 19-21

The Sixth Biennial Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development will be held May 19-21 at the University of Iowa in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Researchers and theorists from around the world will present their current work on talent development, creativity and gifted education during the symposium, which is being sponsored by The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, part of the College of Education.

Paid registration is required to attend the symposium, although two events are free and open to the public.

The first public event is a UI Writers' Workshop panel discussion on writing talent that will take place from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the R. Wayne Richey Ballroom of the IMU, featuring Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the UI; Writers' Workshop Director and author Frank Conroy; and author and UI faculty member in creative writing Marilynne Robinson.

A book signing by the panelists will take place following the panel discussion. The authors' books will be available for purchase at the signing.

Also open to the public is the symposium's keynote address by Professor John H. McWhorter of the University of California at Berkeley, scheduled for 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Richey Ballroom. McWhorter will speak on "The Truth about the Black-White Test Score Gap: And What We Can Do About It."

Other talks throughout the symposium that may be of interest to people thinking of registering for the entire symposium are Belin-Blank Center Director Nicholas Colangelo's discussion on "Anti-intellectualism in Universities, Schools, and Gifted Education," and Stanford University Professor Robert Zajonc's talk, "Intellectual Development in the Context of Family Dynamics."

Of possible interest to educators are several papers being presented at the symposium, including "Designing an Ideal Mentoring Program for Elite Adolescent Talent" by Rena F. Subotnik of the American Psychological Association and "A Study of the Impact of Dual-Exceptionality on Preschool to Middle School Students" by Diann Drummond of the College of William & Mary.

Papers that may be of interest to parents are "Living in the Real World with the Gifted and Profoundly Gifted: The Ruminations of a Parent," by Monica Moriyasu of Kula, Maui, Hawaii, and "Homework and Studying as an Emotional Experience," by Laurence Coleman of the University of Toledo.

For more information, call (800) 336-6463 or (319) 335-6196. Or visit the Belin-Blank Web site at

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then the College has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, and English Education and Literacy.