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UNI professor creates documentary film about the 'One Day in May'

April 1, 2014

Robert Martin, department head and professor, history, 319-273-2097,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jay Lees, professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa, will present "One Day in May: The 2008 Tornado Hits Parkersburg" from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, on campus.

More than 100 people who were first responders or victims of the tornado were interviewed by Lees; his wife, Julie Lowell, professor emerita of anthropology; and Sarah Stubbe, former UNI student. The team decided to use the interviews to make a documentary film about the tornado.

The lecture will focus on the film, the interviews, and what they learned while creating the documentary. The event will feature a preview of the tentative opening segment of the film.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Robert Martin, history department head and professor, at 319-273-2097 or