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Oct. 4, 2007

Sports history expert will visit UI as Ida Beam Professor Oct. 9-10

Allen Guttmann, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, will visit the University of Iowa Oct. 9 and 10 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

He will deliver two public lectures: "Sports History and the Baden-Baden Ballet," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library, with a reception following in the library's north lobby, and "Targeting Modernity: How Japanese Archery Paved the Way for Toyota," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 704 Jefferson Building, with a reception following.

Guttmann's first book on sport, "From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports" (1978) helped define the field of sport history. He has written on sport spectators, women in sport, Japanese sport, sport and cultural imperialism and the erotic in sports. He is a respected Olympic historian and the author of "The Games Must Go On: Avery Brundage and the Olympic Movement." The U.S. and International Olympic Committees and the North American Society for Sport History have honored his books. He has taught in Germany and Japan and received Carnegie and Guggenheim fellowships.

Guttman's visit is sponsored by the departments of Health and Sport Studies, American Studies, and Classics, all part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from the late Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Birrell, professor of health and sport studies, at or 319-335-9337.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Susan Birrell, Health and Sport Studies, 319-335-9337,; Nicole Riehl, UI News Services, 319-384-0070,