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Nov. 6, 2006

Gender Studies Scholar To Speak At UI Nov. 15-16

A leading scholar in gender studies will visit the University of Iowa Nov. 15 and 16 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. Joanne Meyerowitz, a professor of American studies and history at Yale University, will deliver two free, public lectures while on campus.

She will speak on "When Gender Studies Meets Transgender History" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in room 107 English-Philosophy Building and on "Sexuality, Race, and the History of Social Constructionists Thought" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in room 704 Jefferson Building.

Meyerowitz is the author of the path-breaking study of medicine, culture and identity, "How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States" (2002). A leading scholar in women's studies and the history of sexuality, is also the author of "Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930" (1988) and editor of "History and September 11th," (2003) and "Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960" (1994).

Her visit to the UI is hosted by the Sexuality Studies Program, part of the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Co-sponsors include the Office of the Provost and the departments of American studies, English, history and women's studies.

The Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

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