CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
Visiting professor to read from his nonfiction account of Chicago
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ted Anton, a visiting professional in the University
of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will read from his
recent nonfiction book about the murder of a popular religion professor
Anton will read from, "Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor
Culianu" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the Communication Center,
Rm. 301. The reading is free and open to the public.
The book chronicles the story of Ioan Culianu, a popular University
of Chicago Divinity School professor who was murdered in a campus men's
room on the afternoon of May 21, 1991. Though the case remains unsolved,
the book traces the Romanian-born professor's rise in American academia,
his series of more than 30 journal articles criticizing the post-revolutionary
government and far-right coalitions of Romania, and threats on his life
by shadowy figures angry about his writings and comments on the subject,
which were published and broadcast by mainstream media around the world.
Anton is an associate professor in nonfiction writing at DePaul University
of Chicago and has been investigating the murder since it happened. He
has served as an expert on the Culianu case for ABC News, National Public
Radio, Radio France International and Chicago and Romanian television.
He also is co-editor of "The New Science Journalists," and has
written for numerous magazines including Chicago Magazine, Publishers Weekly
and Lingua Franca.
Anton received a master's degree from the UI School of Journalism and
Mass Communication and an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, both in
1984. He has received numerous awards, including a senior Fulbright research
fellowship, a National Magazine Award nomination and a National Teachers
As Writer's Award.
For further information, contact the School at (319)335-5821.