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June 3, 2008

UI journalism faculty member Polumbaum reads June 13

University of Iowa journalism faculty member Judy Polumbaum will read from her new book about changes in contemporary China at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live from Prairie Lights' series, hosted by Julie Englander for broadcast on Iowa Public Radio.

Hour-long "Live from Prairie Lights" productions air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames. Or listen to the live event via the University of Iowa Writing University website:

Polumbaum's book, "China Ink: The Changing Face of Chinese Journalism," approaches its subject through the oral histories of 20 young Chinese journalists, many of whom began their careers in the shadow of the Tiananmen Square events of 1989.

A review in Publishers Weekly observed, "Polumbaum's subjects are open and persuasive, and each oral history has charm and detail to spare."

Polumbaum's research has focused on journalism and media in the People's Republic of China. She did her undergraduate work in East Asian studies at McGill University in Montreal and has a master's from Columbia University and a doctorate in communication from Stanford University.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter in Vermont, California and Oregon, and also has worked for English-language news organizations in China.

She is an affiliated faculty member in several international and interdisciplinary programs and centers at the UI, including the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and International Studies.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jan Weissmuller at Prairie Light,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),