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Aug. 28, 2006

Dorothy Johnson Opens 'Saturday Scholars' Series Sept. 2

Dorothy Johnson, director of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will open the 2006 series of Saturday Scholars programs at the UI, speaking on "Architecture as Art: Steven Holl's New Home for the School of Art and Art History," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest.

The Saturday Scholars events, presented by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), are free and open to the public. Each session includes a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. Refreshments will be served.

"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, sciences and humanities, so there should be something here for everyone."

Sept. 2 Johnson will discuss Art Building West, the new building of the UI School of Art and Art History that was designed by internationally renowned architect Steven Holl. The $21.5-million building will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

Considered one of America's most important architects, Holl has been recognized with architecture's most prestigious awards and prizes and is widely published.

The new building houses classrooms, studios, the new art library, gallery space and faculty and administrative offices. The building's total space of 69,000 square feet includes 13,000 square feet of library space, 7,800 square feet of studio space, 2,405 square feet of classrooms and a 2,600-square-foot auditorium.

Groundbreaking for the building was held Oct. 4, 2002. It was completed in the spring and occupied by offices of the School of Art and Art History during the summer. It is now fully open and in use by faculty and students.

Others events in the 2006 "Saturday Scholars" series will be:

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

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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 Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,