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Japanese Wedding Discourse' topic for first CROW Forum lecture Monday, Oct. 7<br>

September 30, 2002

Cynthia Dunn, UNI assistant professor of anthropology, (319) 273-6251
Cynthia Goatley, director, Graduate Program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-6270
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Models of Marriage and Gender in Japanese Wedding Discourse' will be the topic of an address at noon, Monday, Oct. 7, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Cynthia Dunn, UNI assistant professor of anthropology, will present the address as the first in this year's CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum series, sponsored by UNI's Graduate Program in Women's Studies. It is open to the public free of charge.

During the presentation, Dunn will discuss data she gathered while observing Japanese wedding reception speeches and advice given to the new couples. Her analysis will focus on the character traits that are used in praising the bride and groom and the way that they reveal gender ideals in Japanese society.

Dunn's research focuses on the study of Japanese language and culture, gender, and the cultural shaping of self and emotion. Additionally, her experience includes field research and teaching in Japan and a current work under review centering on Japanese metaphors for marriage.

The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Nov. 4, when Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will present 'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain and Behavior: Why it Matters.'