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Sept. 8, 2008

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Saturday Scholars series begins Sept. 20

Whether you spend five days a week in class or it has been 25 years since your last college lecture, you can enjoy the Saturday Scholars programs from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

An annual series of free lecture and discussion sessions open to the public, Saturday Scholars is an opportunity to dip into seven different topics on Saturdays in September, October and November.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the series, and some of the college's top scholars will share their expertise in a range of academic fields and subjects: music from around the world, how differences between the sexes arise from a common gene pool shared by females and males, drawings of Native Americans who were imprisoned for refusing the reservation system, photography of New York City, how naturally occurring chemicals can be useful or toxic; and how the media covers health issues. In the final event of the series, students from the UI's renowned writing programs will share their work.

"Our students and faculty members are doing some very interesting and exciting work, and we're eager to share some of it with the public through the Saturday Scholars series," said Linda Maxson, dean of the CLAS. "The breadth and scope of our college allows us to present a wide variety of topics in the arts, science and humanities, so there should be something here for everyone."

All presentations begin at 10 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest. Each session will last about an hour, with a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

This year's programs are:

Sept. 20: "Around the World with the Iowa Woodwind Quintet," presented by the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, School of Music, Division of Performing Arts.

Sept. 27: "Chromosomes Caught in the Battle of the Sexes: Advantage Female," presented by Bryant McAllister, Department of Biology.

Oct. 11: "The Kiowa Ledger Artist: Insight into a Special Culture," presented by Jacki Rand, Department of History.

Oct. 18: "Photography and Place: New York Narratives," presented by Margaret Stratton, School of Art and Art History.

Oct. 25: "Chemicals from Nature: Toxins to Treatments," presented by Jim Gloer, Department of Chemistry.

Nov. 1: "Medicine vs. the Media," presented by Julie Andsager, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Nov. 15: "New Iowa Writers: Readings by Students," presented by Jae Choi, Iowa Writers' Workshop; Hali Felt, Nonfiction Writing Program; Gabriel Houck, Nonfiction Writing Program; and Ted Thompson, Iowa Writers' Workshop.

For more information on the series, visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the CLAS in advance at 319-335-2610.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070 (office), 319-430-6576 (cell),; Carla Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2818,