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Jan. 31, 2006

Writer, Poet Shaw To Deliver Geneva Lectures At UI

Luci Shaw, Christian writer and poet, will deliver this year's Geneva Lecture on making mistakes and taking risks on Friday, Feb. 10, at the University of Iowa.

Shaw's lecture, "The Crime of Living Cautiously," begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tippie Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Shaw will also participate in a seminar, "The Need to Pay Attention," on Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 304 in the English-Philosophy Building; and read from her collection of poetry, "What the Light Was Like," on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at The Cottage Bakery, 14 S. Linn St.

Shaw has published eight collections of poetry and seven books of prose, three of them with author Madeline l'Engle, along with numerous essays and reviews. She is the daughter of evangelical missionaries who, as a girl, wanted to share in her parents' tight Christian belief system. As a self-described natural skeptic, however, her life has been an intense spiritual journey to seek the true meaning of God. That journey is reflected in her powerful writing.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, more than 60 nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa. For more information contact or call 319-341-0007.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,