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Oct. 30, 2007

Author Joshua Wolf Shenk to speak Nov. 5 at UI

Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of the award-winning book "Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged A President and Fueled His Greatness," will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The discussion, which will touch on historical and present-day views of mental illness, is a presentation of the University Lecture Committee. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shenk is an essayist and the director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Time, Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker and the New York Times, among other publications, and in the national bestseller "Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression," edited by Nell Casey. "Lincoln's Melancholy" was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and has won awards from the Abraham Lincoln Institute, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the National Mental Health Association.

Shenk was a 2005-06 fellow in nonfiction literature at the New York Foundation for the Arts. His other honors include the Rosalynn Carter fellowship in mental health journalism at the Carter Center, the Frank Whiting scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and residencies at the Yaddo artists' community, the MacDowell Colony and the Blue Mountain Center.

Shenk serves as a member of the advisory council to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Maryland Center for the Book. He serves on the general council for stories at the Moth and as a contributing editor to the Washington Monthly. He is also a member of the advisory council to the Shul of New York.

For more than 30 years the University Lecture Committee (ULC) has brought some of the world's great thinkers to the UI campus. Speakers have included an impressive roster of national and international figures in science, politics, business, human rights, law and the arts. The ULC is a Presidential Charter Committee whose membership consists of students, faculty and staff. The series is funded through student fees with select lectures supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund. The ULC also offers opportunities for co-sponsorship for campus departments and organizations.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-335-3407,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,