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Dec. 13, 2011

At A Glance

UI English professor Round to receive MLA's James Russell Lowell prize

Phillip H. Round, professor in the Department of English and the American Indian Native Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2010 James Russell Lowell prize by the Modern Language Association of America for his book, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880.

The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book -— literary or linguistic study, critical edition, or critical biography -— written by one of the 30,000 members of the association. Round is the 42nd recipient of the award and the first ever faculty member from the University of Iowa to be so honored.

The prize selection committee credited Round for his engaging writing and thorough research and said Removable Type was exemplary in its attention to the meaning and uses of literacy and print for American Indian peoples.

Research for Removable Type was made possible by a UI Career Development Award (CDA grant) and a Newberry Library Faculty Fellowship.

More information on Round and his work can be found at

The prize announcement from MLA is available at


Stewart to give 2012 University of Iowa Presidential Lecture Feb. 12
Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters in the Department of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will discuss the writing of Toni Morrison against the backdrop of altered books as a sculptural genre at the 2012 University of Iowa Presidential Lecture, "Paper, Scissors, Ash: Defaced Books and the House of Fiction."  
Stewart will give the lecture Sunday, Feb. 12, in the 4th Floor Assembly Halls at the Levitt Center for University Advancement. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a musical performance by Robert Morse, a senior piano performance major in the School of Music in CLAS. UI President Sally Mason will introduce Stewart, who will speak for approximately one hour. A public reception including an exhibition of conceptual bookworks from the UI Libraries Special Collections will follow in the Wyrick Rotunda in LCUA.  
Stewart writes primarily on the British novel, literary theory, film, and art history. The Presidential Lecture grows out of his 2011 study Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art.
For more information on the lecture series, visit or call Tom Dean with the UI Office of the President at 319-335-1995. For more information on Stewart, visit


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