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May 8, 2007

'Pro-life Feminism' Editor Reads May 17 For 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Psychologist Rachel MacNair, co-editor of "Pro-life Feminism: Yesterday and Today," will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the University of Iowa Writing University Website:

The free event will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM 910. Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on AM 910 WSUI in Iowa City, AM 640 WOI in Ames and AM 1010 KRNI in Cedar Falls. A program is also broadcast at 5 p.m. Sundays on 91.7 FM KSUI in Iowa City.

MacNair will read from and discuss this collection of essays on abortion and related social issues by authors Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothy Day, Nat Hentoff and many others.

In a Public Eye magazine review, Sarah Augusto wrote, "The women whose voices are represented in this volume challenge many of the stereotypes often held about pro-life women. Many of the contributors espouse beliefs that fall right in line with those of most pro-choice feminists, except of course when it comes to the issue of abortion."

She is the director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, a research organization specializing in the connections between various social issues of violence. She was also editor of the journal Studies in Pro-life Feminism, published by Feminists for Life.

She holds a doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a bachelor's degree in peace and conflict studies from Earlham College.

She is also the author or co-author of "Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools," "The Psychology of Peace," "Gaining Mind of Peace: Why Violence Happens and How to Stop It," "History Shows: Winning with Nonviolent Action" and "Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Consequences of Killing."

Learn more about her work at

The Writing University Web site provides a handy portal to the UI writing programs -- including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Translation Workshop, the UI Press and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The site also centralizes writing news, lists upcoming events and provides access to a wealth of writing materials -- texts, journals, lists of Iowa-connected writers and publications, historic videos and archived audio. Visitors to the site have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed.

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