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Release: July 8, 1999

Stanford professor to join UI faculty as African-American World Studies chair

Horace A. Porter, an associate professor in the English department at Stanford University, has accepted the position as professor and chairman of the African-American World Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts, announced his appointment, which begins in August.

Porter is a specialist in American and Afro-American literature and culture with special interests in autobiography, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Herman Melville, and Toni Morrison. He will hold a joint appointment in African-American World Studies and English.

"I am certain that Porter's leadership will invigorate and energize the program," Maxson said. "He has all kinds of ideas for conferences, outreach programs, and visiting faculty appointments. I will be looking to him to be active in building bridges between African American World Studies and other programs in the college and the university."