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Aug. 18, 2005

Tan, Zinn, Bruce Lead UI Lecture Committee Fall Schedule

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will bring six events to the UI campus for the fall semester, highlighted by lectures from talk show host and political commentator Tammy Bruce, economist Richard Florida, historian Howard Zinn, "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell and novelist Amy Tan.

Also on the schedule is The New Yorker tour, a three-day program with writers, editors, artists, critics and others from The New Yorker magazine making numerous appearances around UI and Iowa City.

A schedule of the fall semester events is included below. All events are free and open to the public. Dates, times and locations are subject to change.

--Monday, Sept. 12, Tammy Bruce, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge. Iowa Memorial Union. Bruce describes herself as "an openly gay, pro-choice, gun-owning, pro-death penalty, voted-for-President Bush progressive feminist." She hosts a nationally syndicated radio program and serves as a political analyst for FOX News.

--Tuesday, Oct. 11, Richard Florida, 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium. Florida, author of the books "The Rise of the Creative Class" and "The Flight of the Creative Class," believes that future economic growth will depend on how communities cater to people who trade in businesses that require creativity.

--Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 17-19, The New Yorker tour, various times and locations. The program features in-classroom visits by "New Yorker" writers, editors and artists; free daytime, on-campus lectures and three consecutive evenings of popular-culture entertainment.

--Wednesday, Oct. 26, Howard Zinn, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. Zinn's most notable book, "A Peoples' History of the United States," gives voice to blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters and poor laborers of all nationalities that aren't normally included in American history textbooks. His most recent book is "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train." Zinn will receive the Lecture Committee's Distinguished Lecture Medallion. This lecture is rescheduled from a cancelled appearance last spring.

--Sunday, Oct. 30, Candace Bushnell, 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. Bushnell is the author of the book "Sex and the City," which became the basis for the hit HBO series. Her other books, "Trading Up" and  "Four Blondes," continue her examination of the sexual politics of men and women.

--Tuesday, Nov. 8, Amy Tan, 7:30 p.m., Englert Theater. Tan is the acclaimed author of the novels "The Joy Luck Club," "The Bonesetter's Daughter," "The Hundred Secret Senses" and "The Kitchen God's Wife." She will be presenting her new book, "Saving Fish From Drowning," which comes out this fall. She also writes short stories and children's books.

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