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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 29, 2005

College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences Saturday Scholars Series Begins

Whether you spend five days a week in class or it's been 25 years since your last college lecture, The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering a chance to dip into six different topics this fall during its annual Saturday Scholars program, a series of free lecture and discussion sessions open to the public on Saturdays in September and October.

Some of the college's top scholars will share their work on a range of topics including: becoming an actor; Shakespeare and emotion; Tin Pan Alley singalongs; women, poverty and crime; bicycle safety for children; and dark energy and the fate of the universe.

"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 in the arts, science, and humanities, so there should be something here for everyone."

Five of the six presentations will be in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. The Saturday, Oct. 1, presentation will be held in Room E105, Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building at the corner of Iowa and Madison Streets. Each session will begin at 10 a.m. and 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. 10: "So You Want to be an Actor: What Makes a Great Performance?" Alan MacVey, Department of Theatre Arts, Division of Performing Arts

Sept. 24: "Shakespeare on Passion, Deceit, and Sadness," Douglas Trevor, Department of English

Oct. 1: "From Vaudeville to the Nickelodeon: Tin Pan Alley Singalongs," Rick Altman, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature

Oct. 8: "Down and Out: Women's Poverty, Crime, and Imprisonment," Karen Heimer, Department of Sociology

Oct. 15: "Crossing the Road Safely: Children on Bicycles," Jodie Plumert, Department of Psychology

Oct. 29: "Through a Glass Darkly: Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe," Robert Mutel, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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 335-2611.

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818