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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 21, 2006

CLAS Saturday Scholars Series Begins Sept. 2

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 (CLAS) is offering a chance to dip into six different topics during its annual Saturday Scholars program, a series of free lecture and discussion sessions open to the public on Saturdays this fall.

Some of the college's top scholars will share their work on a range of topics including architecture, jazz, the Milky Way, conducting an orchestra, embryonic development and disease, and politics and emotion.

"Our faculty members are doing some very exciting work, and we are eager to share some of it with the public through the Saturday Scholars series," said Linda Maxson, CLAS dean. "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."

All presentations will held in room 40 Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. 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. 2: "Architecture as Art: Steven Holl's New Home for the School of Art and Art History," Dorothy Johnson, professor and director, School of Art and Art History

Sept. 16: "The Curious Appearance of Jazz and Improvisation in the 20th Century," John Rapson, professor of music

Sept. 30: "Journey to the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy," Cornelia Lang, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

Oct. 14: "Waving Your Arms: A Conductor Struggles to be Understood," Timothy Stalter, associate professor of music

Oct. 28: "Development and Disease: Fishing for Answers," Diane Slusarski, associate professor of biological sciences

Nov. 11: "Politics: What's Emotion Got to Do With It?" David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science

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 319-335-2611.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, or Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077,; Program: Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818.