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May 16, 2006

'Women Celebrities' To Be Subject Of Lecture At Art Museum May 20

Ruth Dawson, professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii, will deliver a lecture about the literary and visual representation of women celebrities from Catherine the Great to Diana, Princess of Wales, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, as part of the annual meeting of the Group on German Women's Writing of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Dawson's lecture, "Composing Celebrity: From Catherine the Great to Princess Diana," will take place in the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UI German Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI International Programs.

Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was a German princess who became Empress of Russia after overthrowing her husband in 1762. She reigned over one of the most prosperous periods of the Russian Empire.

The annual meeting takes place May 19-21. Presentations will explore women writers' self-image, narrative portraits of contemporaries, experiences as travelers, diagnosis of body language, visions of alternative male subjectivity, as well as aesthetic education and the aesthetic of war. Authors to be discussed include Marianne Ehrmann, Dorothea Veit, Henriette Herz, Gabriele Reuter and Bertha von Suttner. There will also be a roundtable discussion on teaching "older" women writers and the opportunity to join an excursion to the nearby Amana Colonies.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Waltraud Maierhofer at or 319-335-2114. You can also visit

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, ; Program: Waltraud Maierhofer, 319-335-2114,; Writer: Kelli Andresen