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Oct. 15, 2004

Annual Harvest Lecture To Explore Spirituality, Environment Oct. 21

Local authors and environmentalists will explore the rich relationship between Iowa's fertile topsoil and the state's fertile environment for creative people at the 7th annual Harvest Lecture, Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Speakers include Thomas K. Dean and Connie Mutel from the University of Iowa, Writers' Workshop graduate and Iowa State University Professor Mary Swander, and host Steve Semken, a UI graduate and local author.

The Harvest Lecture is an annual event exploring ties among spirituality, Midwestern landscape, and the environment. This year's topic is "Living With Topsoil: Tending Spirits, Cherishing Land."

Co-sponsors include the Standing By Words Center, Ice Cube Press, UI Project on Place Studies, Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Krumm Foundation, and Humanities Iowa.

Additional lectures are planned for Thursday, Nov. 4, at the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls and Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College.

Further information is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~ipops.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call Thomas Dean in advance at 319-335-1995.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Thomas Dean, 319-335-1995, thomas-k-dean@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.