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Oct. 13, 2003

Gender, Women's Studies Scholar To Speak At UI Oct. 17

A leading gender and women's studies scholar, Kal Alston of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will visit the University of Iowa Friday, Oct. 17 to speak about "Trans/Gendering Women's Studies." Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in Room 704, Jefferson Building.

Alston is the current director of the Gender & Women's Studies Program and an associate professor in educational policy studies and gender & women's studies at the University of Illinois. She studies the philosophy of education, ethics, feminist philosophy, pedagogy, popular culture (race, ethnicity, and gender), the philosophy of sexuality and the body, and contemporary race theory.

During the 2003-04 academic year, she is completing an internship at Smith College as part of the American Council on Education Fellows Program, which is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff members for senior positions in college and university administration.

Her visit to the UI is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and the Department of Women's Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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