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'Bridges of Madison County' author, Robert Waller, to speak at UNI

September 27, 2011

Ben Allen, UNI President, 319-273-2566,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robert Waller, former dean of the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration and best-selling author, will visit UNI on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of UNI's Presidential Lecture Series. Waller will deliver a public lecture "What the Rivers Taught Me," at 7:30 p.m., in Lang Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Waller will share his personal view of life and its meaning, and the influence of Iowa's rivers on his entire life. He will discuss the role of humility in our lives through personal stories, his poetry and quotes from his novels.

"It is an honor to welcome back such a distinguished leader, scholar and author to share his talents and insights with the UNI campus and the Cedar Valley community," said UNI President Ben Allen. "He will share his passion for writing and research about Iowa's rivers. Robert Waller is a man of many talents and interests, which will provide our students and broader community an invaluable enrichment opportunity."

Waller taught in UNI's College of Business Administration for more than 20 years, serving six of those years as dean. He has lectured and published widely in the fields of problem-solving and decision- making, and has worked as a consultant around the world.

His best-selling novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" sold more than 12 million copies and was made into a major film and theatrical productions in a number of countries. He also has published numerous books including "High Plains Tango," "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend" and "The Long Night of Winchell Dear."

He recently completed a manuscript, "The Summer Nights Never End Until They Do: Social Traps, Vicious Circles and the Lure of the Short-Run" which merges economics, decision-making and related subjects.