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Release: Oct. 4, 2002
Symposium to celebrate 10 years of Iowa Women's Archives
Noun made history through her activism, her publications, and as a founder
of the Iowa Women's Archives (IWA) with Mary Louise Smith. The symposium marking
the 10th anniversary of the IWA, "Making Women's History," which
will be held at the UI Nov. 15-16, will be dedicated to the memory of Noun,
who died Aug. 23.
"Thanks to Louise Noun, Iowa has an incredible resource for studying
women's history in the 19th and 20th centuries," said Archives curator
Kären Mason. In its ten years of existence, the IWA has gathered letters,
diaries, photographs, oral histories and other materials illuminating the
lives of women in Iowa. "The symposium will be a chance for us to celebrate
this wonderful resource, and the gift that Louise Noun made to the state of
Iowa a decade ago by creating a $1.5 million endowment for the archives,"
Her final book, a biography of the Iowa suffragist Annie Savery, will be
published to coincide with the symposium.
The deadline for early registration for the symposium is Nov. 1. To register,
call (319) 335-4039 or visit www.uiowa.edu/~confinst/.
Registration for the event is $40 if postmarked by Nov. 1, $50 after Nov.1.
Students are admitted free with student identification. Meals cost $35.
Gerda Lerner, professor emerita of history at the University of Wisconsin,
will give the keynote address, which is free and open to the public. Lerner's
pioneering scholarship and activism was instrumental in shaping the field
of women's history. Her speech, "Archives and Women's History,"
begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 in Shambaugh Auditorium.
Symposium events begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 and continue through 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 16. Discussion will center on Iowa's rural women, political activists,
and African-American women. The luncheon address on Saturday, Nov. 16 will
be presented by Christine Grant, the longtime director of women's intercollegiate
athletics at the University of Iowa, on the topic "Why the History of
Women and Sport Matters."