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Release: April 23, 2003

UI Professor Wins $20,000 Fellowship

Elizabeth Heineman, an associate professor of history at the University of Iowa has been awarded a $20,000 fellowship from The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation for the 2003-04 academic year. Heineman was one of only 13 fellowship winners selected from among 164 scholars of history, history of science, and political science nominated by administrative officers of colleges and universities throughout the country.

The funding will support Heineman's ongoing project, "Sexual Consumer Culture in the Federal Republic of Germany." The project has previously been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, and a UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar Award. In addition to research in archives and libraries in Germany, Heineman is performing oral histories and has gained access to private papers that have never before been made available for research.

Germany's National Socialists dreamed of creating a "master race" through controlled reproduction. After the defeat of Nazism, Heineman said, West Germans struggled with the intersections of sexuality, political power, economic growth, and justice. These subjects continue to be controversial to this day. Beate Uhse, whose career forms a running thread through Heineman's work, personified this transition. A Luftwaffe pilot under the Nazis, Uhse fought censorship in the early postwar years to make contraceptives and sex education more available -- and she eventually became Europe's largest pornographer.

The fellowship program is administered by Brown University for the Board of Administration of the Howard Foundation. The intention of the Foundation is primarily to support people in the middle stages of their careers whose work to date is evidence of their promise and achievement. More information is available online

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