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June 1, 2006

UI Professors To Present 'A Wilde Night At The Theatre' June 13 In Des Moines

Two University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professors will be the featured speakers in the June installment of the Terrace Hill Lecture Series at the Governor's Mansion in Des Moines.

Husband and wife team Corey Creekmur, associate professor of English and cinema and comparative literature, and Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English and international programs, will present "A Wilde Night at the Theatre" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the carriage house at Terrace Hill, 2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

The event is open to the public with no reservations required, though seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a reception, and admission to both is $10. Proceeds benefit Terrace Hill.

The lecture will be presented in two parts, with Mangum speaking on "Wilde in His Victorian World," and Creekmur discussing "America Gone Wilde." They will discuss Oscar Wilde's place among his Victorian theatre contemporaries as well as his status as a celebrity and his travels throughout the United States, including a stay in Des Moines.

The lecture series at Terrace Hill provides a range of entertaining and educational evenings on the second Tuesday of each month, March through December. For more information contact Carla Herling at 515-281-3604 or

Oscar Wilde's play "An Ideal Husband" is being staged on the Terrace Hill lawn the weekends before and after Creekmur's and Mangum's lecture. For information and tickets, call 515-280-3450

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

CONTACT: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, or Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077,; Program: Carla Herling 515-281-3604,