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Jan. 22, 2009

UI Lecture Committee announces spring semester speakers

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee has announced its speakers for the spring 2009 semester, starting with feminist, anti-racist author Inga Muscio (photo, left) on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), unless otherwise noted.


This semester's speakers include:

--Inga Muscio is the author of books that explore themes surrounding the personal and political power of women, including "Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society." She is presently working on a new book about sex and violence, which will be published sometime in 2009. Muscio is frequent speaker at colleges and conferences.

--E.O. Wilson (photo, right) will give the 2008-09 Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 11. 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 by Thomas Wolfe as "the new Darwin," and he was named one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by TIME Magazine. This lecture was rescheduled from Oct. 8, 2008.

--Naomi Klein (photo, left) will speak Wednesday, Feb. 18. Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestseller, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."

--Alice Sebold (photo by Becky Sapp, lower right), author of "The Lovely Bones," "The Almost Moon" and "Lucky" is scheduled to speak Wednesday, March 4.

--Hip hop activist and journalist Harry Allen's (photo, lower, left) lecture will be delivered Wednesday, April 1, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the IMU. He writes about race, politics and culture for Vibe, The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, and has been doing so for over 20 years.

For more information on the lectures and speaker biographies visit

For more than 30 years, the UI 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 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 University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in these programs, please contact the Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059.

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