CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Journalism professor to discuss experiences as a black woman at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In honor of Black History Month, Venise T. Berry,
an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, will present
a lecture titled, "Black and Female at Iowa: Spiritual Connections."
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be Wednesday,
Feb. 25 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the
UI Main Library.
Berry, an authority in the area of African-American cultural criticism,
will share her experiences at the UI as an undergraduate and graduate student
in the 1970s and as a member of the faculty in the 1990s.
Berry is the author of the best-selling novel So Good and of
the non-fiction work Mediated Messages: Contemporary Issues in African-American
Culture. In her research work, Berry explores the influence of African-American
images and messages in the media. Prior to returning to Iowa City to join
the UI faculty in 1991, Berry completed a doctorate in radio, television,
and film at the University of Texas-Austin and worked as a radio newscaster
and news director at stations in Houston and Austin.
The lecture is sponsored by the UI Libraries Iowa Women's Archives and
African-American World Studies Program. For more information, contact
the Iowa Women's Archives at (319) 335-5068.