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Aug. 21, 2007

College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences Saturday Scholars Series Begins Sept. 1

Whether you spend five days a week in class or it has been 25 years since your last college lecture, you can enjoy the Saturday Scholars programs from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). An annual series of free lecture and discussion sessions open to the public, Saturday Scholars will offer the chance to dip into six different topics on Saturdays in September, October and November.

Some of the college's top scholars will share their expertise in a range of academic fields and subjects: how termites are social creatures, how music can be used to treat physical and emotional disorders, the fundamental concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the ways copyright laws stifle certain forms of creative expression, the work of nationally acclaimed poets Adrienne Rich and Mary Oliver and the ways emerging technologies influence artistic expression.

"Our faculty members are doing some very interesting and exciting work and we are eager to share some of it with the public through the Saturday Scholars series," said Linda Maxson, dean of the CLAS. "The breadth and scope of our college allows us to present a wide variety of topics in the arts, science and humanities, so there should be something here for everyone."

All presentations will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. Each session will last about an hour, including a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

This year's programs will be:

Sept. 1: "Dancing in the Dark with Termites," Barbara Stay, Department of Biological Sciences

Sept. 15: "Music Therapy: Improving Quality of Life," Mary Adamek, School of Music, Division of Performing Arts

Sept. 29: "Nanotechnology: Solving Big Problems With Small Science," Sarah Larsen, Department of Chemistry

Oct. 6: "Freedom of Expression: For a Price," Kembrew McLeod, Department of Communication Studies

Oct. 20: "Ethical Activism in the Poetry of Adrienne Rich and Mary Oliver," Linda Bolton, Department of English

Nov. 3: "Animated Culture: Contemporary Experimental Art Practices," Jon Winet, School of Art and Art History

Additional information is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the CLAS in advance at 319-335-2610.

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

CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, UI News Services, 319-384-0070,; Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818,