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UNI hosts visit of whistleblower Coleen Rowley

September 8, 2011

Donna Wood, professor, UNI College of Business, 319-273-2196,

Geraldine Perreault, associate professor and director, leadership studies, 319-273-6898,

Katheryn East, associate professor, UNI Educational Psychology & Foundations, 319-273-6789,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Coleen Rowley, former FBI agent and whistleblower, will make three presentations at the University of Northern Iowa. All are free and open to the public.

The first is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in Schindler Education Center, Room 244, with a presentation entitled "Always Do Right," and is sponsored by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics.

The Sept. 19 event is hosted by UNI professor Donna J. Wood, who holds the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, Iowa's first endowed chair in business ethics. The chair was established through a $1 million gift from university alumnus and Laguna, Calif., resident David W. Wilson, president and owner of one of the largest privately owned automotive groups in the country. Wilson graduated from UNI in 1970 with a B.A. in philosophy. For more information, contact Wood at 319-273-2196 or

The American Democracy Project (ADP), a program of the Provost's Office, will host Rowley's second and third presentations. As part of Constitution Day, Rowley will be speaking to 185 of Waterloo's Central Middle School students from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Katheryn East, associate professor, educational psychology and foundations at 319-273-6789 or

Rowley's final presentation starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Lang Hall Auditorium, where she will discuss civil liberties vs. fighting terrorism, with her lecture entitled "The Constitution and Civil Liberties: Reducing Terrorism Without Reducing Civil Liberties." The Sept. 20 presentation is in honor of Constitution Day, which is Sept. 17.

The ADP is a multi-campus initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Its mission is to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at AASCU member institutions in order to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy. For more information, contact Geraldine Perreault, associate professor and director, leadership studies, at 319-273-6898 or

Rowley, who is originally from New Hampton, Iowa, travels the country speaking to various groups on these topics. She was named TIME magazine's person of the year in 2002.