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Aug. 20, 2008

Pop-culture author Chuck Klosterman kicks off UI lecture series Aug. 27

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee will kick off its annual lecture series Wednesday, Aug. 27 with pop-culture author Chuck Klosterman, who will present "A Low Culture Manifesto" and "Killing Yourself to Live: 85 Percent of a True Story." He will speak at 8:30 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

This inaugural Cassandra S. Foens M.D. Lecture is part of Welcome Week '08 at the UI. Foens of Waterloo, Iowa, recently made a gift to the UI Foundation to create an endowed fund that will annually support a public lecture at the university.

In his book "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs," Klosterman describes how the current pop-obsessed media-saturated culture can be used to discuss larger and greater topics and how it's linked to peoples' memories and lives.

Klosterman has written two other bestsellers and had two titles simultaneously on the hardcover and paperback lists. In "Killing Yourself to Live," he takes a road trip across America, in the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac.

"Chuck Klosterman 4: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas" is a collection of his best interviews and most infamous magazine columns. His first novel, "Downtown Owl," is due in the fall of 2008.

Currently living in New York, Klosterman is a columnist for Esquire and is a regular contributor to

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of UI's Welcome Week activities. Welcome Week, which is scheduled during the first week of fall semester classes, offers a series of events designed to orient new and returning UI students to campus and motivate them to strive for academic excellence and social engagement. For a complete schedule of activities, see

The Lecture Committee will present several other talks this fall; a complete schedule is forthcoming. For more information, see

OTHER INFORMATION: Klosterman will be available for interview via teleconfernce at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at 866 S. Capitol Street, the temporary offices for Iowa Memorial Union Event Services.

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

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