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Release: Sept. 30, 2002

UI visitor to speak about global violence Oct. 7

photo: Arjun Appadurai

A leading expert on the cultural effects of globalization will deliver the second annual Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Lecture in Communication Studies Monday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm. in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building at the University of Iowa. Arjun Appadurai, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies at Yale University will speak about "The Address of Terror: Location and Locution in the Era of Globalized Violence."

Appadurai's current research is focused in part on ethnic violence in the context of globalization, with a special focus on ethnic relations in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in the late 1980s and 1990s. He also examines cultural aspects of crisis by focusing on housing, poverty, media and violence in Mumbai. His other areas of interest include historical anthropology, international civil society and urban South Asia. He joined the Yale faculty in July, leaving the University of Chicago where he had taught since 1992.

The Becker Lecture is named in honor of Sam Becker, emeritus professor of communication studies, who has been a distinguished member of the UI community for 55 years.