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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2003

UI Visitor To Speak On Reproductive Technologies

Rayna Rapp, a leading feminist anthropologist, is scheduled to visit the University of Iowa March 5-7 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Rapp, a professor of anthropology at New York University, will give two public lectures and host a roundtable discussion.

Rapp's current research focuses on the cultural impact of prenatal diagnosis and new reproductive technologies. Her first lecture, "Cell Life and Death, Child Life and Death: Genomic Horizons, Genetic Disease, Family Stories," begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the Tippie Auditorium, W151 Pappajohn Business Building. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with students and faculty from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 6 in 704 Jefferson Building. The discussion will cover the anthropology of gender, the anthropology of reproduction, and the study of science. Rapp concludes her visit at 4 p.m. Friday, March 7 when she will speak on "Genetic Citizenship," in 112 Macbride Hall.

Rapp is a major contributor to the emergent field of anthropological studies of science. She is the editor of the pioneering feminist anthropology collection, "Toward an Anthropology of Women," along with "Conceiving the New World Order." She is also the author of "Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America."

The women's studies and anthropology departments are co-sponsoring Rapp's visit with the Office of the Provost and the Colleges of Public Health and Nursing.

Rapp's 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. 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.

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

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