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Oct. 27, 2006

Lecturer To Discuss Immigrant Farmers In 19th Century New England Nov. 3

The University of Iowa lecture series exploring the impact of ethnic identity on American culture and arts will continue Friday, Nov. 3, with a presentation by Bluford Adams, associate professor of English and American studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will speak on "Peasants or Progressive Farmers? Immigrants on the Land in Gilded Age New England," at 3 p.m. in room 704 of the Jefferson Building.

This free, public lecture will examine how the coming of immigrant farmers and farm laborers to rural New England affected the way native-born commentators imagined the region and their own place in it.

Adams is currently working on a book titled, "Old and New New Englanders: Race, Ethnicity, and Regional Identity in Gilded Age America," which explores how regional identity became an object of struggle and collaboration between native-born and immigrant New Englanders at the end of the 19th century. He has published scholarly articles on ethnicity and immigration in the journals American Literary History and Journal of American Ethnic History.

The series, "Thinking Outside the Box: Ethnic Identities and the Arts" is sponsored by the UI Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts. It will continue in November with presentations by two UI professors. The series will conclude for the semester Nov. 10 with Bridget Harris Tsemo, assistant professor of rhetoric and African-American studies, speaking on "Corporeality and Capitalism in Spike Lee's She Hate Me."

Drawing on the UI's distinctive strengths in the arts, the UI Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts was established in 2006 as the first research center to focus solely on creative expression as a specific important cultural component of ethnic communities and their heritage. The center is housed in the American studies department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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