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Oct. 3, 2011

At A Glance

Thompson and Pelton to discuss gender discrimination at next 'Finding God' at Iowa lunch forum
Nancy Thompson, University of Iowa associate professor of community and behavioral health, and Elizabeth Pelton, UI associate professor emeritus of health and sport studies and liberal arts and sciences, will discuss gender discrimination at the next Finding God at Iowa lunch forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Thompson and Pelton were tenured associate professors in the dental hygiene program at the UI College of Dentistry when UI officials decided to eliminate the dental hygiene program in 1991. They, along with the chair of their department, filed suit against the university claiming that the scheduled closing discriminated against the all-female program. They lost the legal battle after several appeals.

They will share details about that experience, with the intent of heightening awareness, and laying the groundwork for prevention of and response to gender discrimination.
The Finding God at Iowa lunch forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the school year. For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Esposito will perform music for two flutes with Bellavance Oct. 9

Flutist Nicole Esposito, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by Canadian/Swiss flutist Michel Bellavance in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be the Sonata in E minor for two flutes by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and several 20th-century works: Satyres by Maurice Ohana, Voice for solo flute by Toru Takemitsu, Sonatina for Two Flutes by Shulamit Ran, Sonata Appassionata for solo flute by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Berceuse et Rondo Capricioso by Pierre Max Dubois, and Tierra…Tierra by Diego Luzuriaga.

Bellavance has appeared in Europe with the Lisbon Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, and the Paris Camerata Academica Orchestra; and in Latin America with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the State Orchestra of Bahía Blanca, the State Orchestra of San Juan, Orchestra Philharmonic of Mendoza, the State Symphony Orchestra of Bahia, the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra, and the Ensemble Ad Hoc. He teaches flute for the advanced classes at the Geneva Conservatoire in Switzerland.

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Geneva Lecture Series welcomes expert on the spiritual lives of young adults

Christian Smith, professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss religion and spirituality in 18-to-23-year-olds when he delivers the fall Geneva Lecture at the University of Iowa. He also will report the findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion.

The lecture, The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Smith received his B.A. from Gordon College and master's and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. His research focuses on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind.


For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


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