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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2004

Portrait Of UI's Vice President Unveiled At Iowa Women's Archives

The Iowa Women's Archives is celebrating the life and achievements of May Brodbeck, the University of Iowa's vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculties from 1974-1981, with the unveiling of a portrait titled "Pondering..." by her longtime friend Leola Bergmann.

The reception and program will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in the Iowa Women's Archives on the third floor of the UI Main Library.

President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd and Professor Linda K. Kerber will offer remarks about May Brodbeck's contribution to the university. Boyd appointed Brodbeck to her position in the UI administration, and Kerber is the May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Leola Bergmann, who donated her painting of Brodbeck to the Iowa Women's Archives, will be in attendance.

May Brodbeck (1917-1983) earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the UI in 1947. She taught philosophy at the University of Minnesota from 1947-1974 and served as dean of the graduate college at Minnesota before coming to the UI in 1974. Brodbeck was internationally distinguished as a scholar in the philosophy of science. As vice president for academic affairs at the UI, Brodbeck was a staunch advocate for women in the university and provided crucial financial and institutional support to establish the Women's Studies Program. Brodbeck also instituted the university's system of faculty departmental leaves.

Artist Leola Bergmann received a Ph.D. in American civilization from the UI in 1942. She is the author of Music Master of the Middle West: The Story of F. Melius Christiansen and the St. Olaf Choir (1944) and Americans from Norway (1950). As an editor at the State Historical Society of Iowa in 1948, she wrote "The Negro in Iowa." She recently wrote the forward for "Outside In: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000." In the 1960s Bergmann turned her attention to the visual arts, studying drawing, painting and printmaking. Her works were most recently exhibited at the UI Museum of Art in 2003.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Iowa Women's Archives at 319-335-5068.

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