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Gloria Naylor to visit UI for lecture on multi-culturalism

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Internationally-acclaimed novelist Gloria Naylor will visit the University of Iowa to speak on the topic, "Multi-Culturalism in America," Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture, which is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee, is free and open to the public.

One of Naylor's best-known novels, The Women of Brewster Place, was the 1983 American Book Club Winner and was made into a television mini-series starring Oprah Winfrey. In addition to the Book Award, Naylor has won Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Distinguished Writer Award from the Mid-Atlantic Writers Association. Naylor has also won numerous academic honors from universities including Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Kent, England.

For further information, contact the UI Lecture Committee (319) 335-3255.

(Editors note: Naylor will hold a question and answer session for reporters and photographers at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in the IMU Sun Porch, located just off the Main Lounge.)

2/11/98