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Release: Sept. 27, 2001

UI visitor to speak about culture of gender and masculinity Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Valparaiso University professor David Morgan will speak about "Absent Fathers and Women with Beards: The Visual Culture of Gender and Masculinity in 19th and 20th Century America" at the University of Iowa on Monday, Oct. 1. Morgan was invited by the University of Iowa School of Religion to deliver the 2001 James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture. His presentation will begin at 7:30 in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall.

Morgan is the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Professor in Christianity and the Arts at Christ College, Valparaiso University. He earned his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago and is the author of several books, including "The Visual Culture of American Religions" and "Protestants and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production." Morgan has earned numerous honors and grants and is currently conducting research on "A History of the Religious Tract in Nineteenth-Century America" with a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship and Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society.

James C. Spalding taught in the UI School of Religion for 36 years and served as its director from 1971-1979. During his tenure he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows. The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after his death in 1996.

The UI School of Religion is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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