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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 7, 2006

UI Lecture Series To Explore American Ethnicity, Arts

A series of free, public lectures this fall will explore the impact of ethnic identity on American culture and arts. The series, sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts, includes four lectures on Friday afternoons in September, October, and November. All will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 704 of the Jefferson Building.

The series kicks off on Friday, Sept. 22, with Frances Aparicio, professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, speaking on, "Gendered Transculturation in 'Six Feet Under.'"

Additional lectures in the fall series include:

--Friday, October 20: "Anomalies of Segregation: Racial Interstitiality in the Jim Crow Era," by Leslie Bow, director of the Asian-American studies program and associate professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

--Friday, November 3: "Peasants or Progressive Farmers?:  Immigrants on the Land in Gilded Age New England," by Bluford Adams, UI associate professor of English and American studies.

--Friday, November 10: "Corporeality and Capitalism in Spike Lee's She Hate Me," by Bridget Tsemo-Harris, UI assistant professor of rhetoric and African-American studies.

The series is scheduled to continue during Spring 2007 with presentations by E. Patrick Johnson, director of performance studies and associate professor of African American studies at Northwestern University and by Noliwe Rooks, associate director of African-American studies at Princeton University.

Drawing on the UI's distinctive strengths in the arts, the UI Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts was established in 2006 as the first research center to focus solely on creative expression as a specific important cultural component of ethnic communities and their heritage.

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 Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts in advance at 384-3490.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011

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