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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2003

College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences Saturday Scholars Series Begins Sept. 6

A little curiosity will go a long way this fall when some of the top scholars in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences share their work during the college's annual Saturday Scholars program, a free lecture and discussion series open to the public on six Saturdays in September, October and November.

Those who attend these homework- and tuition-free seminars will hear about a range of topics including the 18th century valveless horn, decline of fertility in wealthy nations, adolescent girls' culture, stories from Iceland, safety of herbal products and distortion in map-making.

"Our faculty members are doing some very interesting and exciting work and we are eager to share some of it with the public through the Saturday Scholars series," said Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "The breadth and scope of our college allows us to present a wide variety of topics, from 18th century music to 21st century medicine, so there should be something here for everyone."

All presentations will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. Each session will last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

This year's program includes:

Sept. 6 "Only Natural: The Horn of Mozart and Beethoven," Kristin Thelander, professor and chair, School of Music, Division of Performing Arts

Sept. 20 "Oh Baby: Fertility Decline in the Richest Nations on Earth," Jennifer Glass, professor of sociology; professor of behavioral and community health, College of Public Health

Oct. 4 "Media, Culture, and the Sexy Girl," Meenakshi Gigi Durham, associate professor of journalism and mass communication

Oct. 18 "Tandem Stories: Traveling Iceland By-cycle," Steve Thunder-McGuire, associate professor of art and art history; associate professor of curriculum and instruction, College of Education

Nov. 1 "Herbal Products: They're Organic But Are They Safe?" David Wiemer, professor and chair of chemistry

Nov. 15 "Maps and Their Makers: Decidedly Deliberate Deceptions and Distortions," Marc Armstrong, professor and chair of geography

Additional information is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 335-2610.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 335-2818.