CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
International scholars of U.S. history and culture to present lectures
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five distinguished international scholars who are
visiting the University of Iowa as participants in the International Forum
for U.S. Studies (IFUSS) will give a series of lectures in February and
March on a variety of topics.
The scholars, who have come from England, New Zealand, Nigeria, India
and Russia, will be in residence for three months extending studies of
social and cultural topics affecting the United States that they began
in their home countries.
The IFUSS program seeks to promote humanities scholarship by non-U.S.
scholars whose research focuses on social and cultural issues shaping or
affecting the United States. The forum recognizes the growth of U.S. studies
around the world and attempts to advance discussions of cultural diversity
by promoting scholarship on the United States done by scholars working
out of different national histories, intellectual institutions and scholarly
IFUSS is a Rockefeller Humanities Residency Site for Fellowships during
1997-1999. The forum was jointly conceptualized by Virginia Dominguez,
a UI professor of anthropology, and Jane Desmond, a UI professor of American
studies and women's studies under the umbrella of the former Center for
International and Comparative Studies (CICS). IFUSS is affiliated with
International Programs at the University of Iowa.
As part of their fellowship, IFUSS scholars participate in public forums
in which they discuss their research. All lectures are free and open to
the public. They will all take place at 4 p.m. Thursdays in Room 204 Jefferson
To reach one of the scholars while they are at the UI or to obtain more
information about these lectures or about the IFUSS program, contact Anne
Guldin at (319) 335-2476 or Lois Gray at (319) 335-2026.
Following is a schedule of the upcoming lectures along with information
about the scholars:
Feb. 18: "Whiteness and Politeness: Race and Gender, Etiquette
and Civilization in the U.S. at the Turn of the Century," will be
presented by Maureen Montgomery, the chair of the American Studies Department
at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is also a member of the
Editorial Board of American Studies International. She is the author of
"Gilded Prostitution: Status, Money, and Transatlantic Marriages,
1870-1914" (1989) and "Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure
in Edith Wharton's New York" (1998). Her IFUSS project is titled,
"Whiteness and Politeness: An Investigation of the Racialization of
Civilization in the United States at the Turn of the Century."
March 4: "African Crisis, American Leadership and Globalization:
Toward a Philosophy of Cultural Integration," will be presented by
Kolawole Owolabi, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at
the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He is the author of "Because
of our Future: The Imperative of Environmental Ethics in Africa,"
and of two forthcoming books: "Issues and Problems in Philosophy,"
and "Avoiding Anarchy: Social Order and Social Justice in Africa."
Owolabi has also published numerous articles on African philosophy, the
philosophy of culture, and the philosophy of literature in a variety of
academic journals and books. His IFUSS project is titled, "Cultural
Identity, National Integration," and the "Globalization Project:
American Experience and the African Prospect."
March 11: "Internationalizing American Studies: Evolving Paradigms
In Indian Perspective," will be presented by Kousar Azam, a senior
academic fellow in social sciences at the American Studies Research Center
in Hyderabad; co-editor of The Indian Journal of American Studies; and
professor of political science at Osmania University. She recently completed
a term as president of the Indian National Congress for Defense Studies,
and for several years she served as director of the Center for Policy Research
at Osmania University. She is author of "Tribal Separatism in India,"
(1966) and "Political Aspects of National Integration in India"
(1980). She is the editor of "India's Defense Policy for the 1990s,"
(1990); "Economic Liberalization in India: Implications for Indo-U.S.
Relations," (1997); and "Federalism and Good Governance: Issues
Across Cultures" (1998). Her IFUSS project is titled, "Internationalizing
American Studies: The Search for a New Paradigm."
March 25: "The American Way of Speech as a Fictional Model: A View
of the American Literary Tradition," will be presented by Tatiana
Venediktova, who is currently professor in the World Literature Department
of Moscow University and a member of the Board of the Russian Association
of American Studies. A specialist in American poetry and literature, she
is the author of four books: "The Poetry of Walt Whitman," (1982);
"The Poetry in America: Modern Phase," (1989); "Self-Made
Man: The Experience of American Culture," (1993); and "Finding
the Voice: National Poetic Tradition in America," (1994). Her IFUSS
project is titled, "Conversation in America: Literary Tradition as
a Communication Pact."
April 8: "Reading the American City: Chicago as Space, Place and
Representation," presented by Liam Kennedy, who is currently lecturer
and postgraduate director in the Department of American and Canadian Studies
at the University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of "Susan
Sontag: Minds as Passion" (1995) and of the forthcoming book "Race
and Urban Space in American Culture." Kennedy is also the co-editor
of "Urban Space and Representation" (1998) and of the forthcoming
volume "American Cultural Studies." He has written numerous articles
related to his interests in American film, literature, and urban studies.
His IFUSS project is titled, "Mapping Chicago: Urban Space and Representation."