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April 14, 2005

YAH Discussion Connects Arts, Humanities With Economy

The final discussion in the "Intersections" series, presented by the Year of the Arts and Humanities, will focus on "The Arts and Humanities & the Economy " at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The series has explored the profound influence of the arts and humanities in unexpected aspects of our daily lives such as politics and the economy. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, associate professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Judy Hurtig and Chuck Swanson, artistic director and executive director, respectively, for Hancher Auditorium; and Jesse Elliott, a UI graduate and founding member of The James Gang, a non-profit organization focusing on projects that link creativity and service. Joan Kjaer, interim director of broadcasting services with WSUI/KSUI public radio, will moderate the discussion.

They will discuss the impact of the economy on the "Life of Discovery," which has been a theme of the YAH.

"It is sometimes thought that the arts and humanities are not central to life, that they take place on the margins," said Christopher Merrill, YAH co-chair and director of the International Writing Program. "We need to understand their centrality in our lives. Indeed the arts and humanities shape our understanding of the world in conversation with other disciplines."

The "Intersections" discussion of "The Arts and Humanities & Science," rescheduled for Sunday, May 8, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state. The YAH is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

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