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Aug. 27, 2008

UI Lecture Committee announces Lecture Series events

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee has announced its 2008-09 season, with authors Chuck Klosterman, noted biologist E.O. Wilson, human rights activist Ishmael Beah and author Naomi Klein speaking this fall in Iowa City. All events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. This year's speakers include:

--Chuck Klosterman, 8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 27), at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Klosterman is author of "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: 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.

--E.O. Wilson (photo, left) will give the 2008-09 Distinguished Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St., Iowa City. Wilson is a professor of biology at Harvard University and a pioneer in the fields of biodiversity and sociobiology. Two of his 21 books have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes. He has been hailed as "the new Darwin" by Thomas Wolfe, and one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by TIME Magazine.

--Ishmael Beah, (photo, right) Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the First United Methodist Church, 214 E. Jefferson St., Iowa City. Beah is a former child soldier in Sierra Leone, human rights activist and best selling author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier."

--Naomi Klein, (photo, left) will speak in November; location, date, time are to be determined. Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestseller, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."

Upcoming lectures for spring 2009 include Alice Sebold, author of "The Lovely Bones" and "Lucky"; hip hop activist and journalist Harry Allen; and Inga Muscio, a feminist, anti-racist writer and speaker. Dates, times and locations for these lectures have not been set.

For more than 30 years, the Lecture Committee 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 committee 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 and the Cassandra S. Foens M.D. Fund.

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 these programs, contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059.

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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,