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Prize-winning author and lecturer to speak at UNI

February 18, 2013

Karen Mitchell, professor, communication studies, 319-273-7753,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host James W. Loewen, one of the most acclaimed historians and sociologists of race in the United States, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, in Lang Hall Auditorium.

The lecture will focus on his award-winning book "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism," which is the story of thousands of communities that kept out African Americans by force of law. This event is free and open to the public, and is dedicated to the memory of Drake Martin, former assistant director of residence and education at UNI, known for his commitment to diversity inclusion.

Loewen will also host two workshops at the Center for Multicultural Education. The first workshop is from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., Monday, March 4 and will also focus on "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism." The workshop is open to the public. The second workshop is from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 and will focus on Loewen's book "Lies My Teacher Told Me," which is used extensively in educational settings across the country. This workshop is open to teacher education students and current teachers.

All events are free of charge. For additional information, contact Karen Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-7753 or