UNI's Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series to begin

Posted on Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Samuel Gladden, UNI Associate Professor of English (319) 273-2305
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Finding the Self, Finding the World: Fiction, Memoir, and Meaning,' will be the first lecture of the 2005-06 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series at the University of Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Commons Slife Ballroom.

Karen McElmurray, assistant professor of English at Georgia College and State University, will deliver the lecture. She is the author of Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, winner of the 2003 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series for creative nonfiction. She is also the author of the novel Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, which received the 2001 Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Her work has received awards including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

'Finding the Self, Finding the World' is the first of four lectures in the 2005-2006 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series. Funding for this series is provided by the Meryl Norton Hearst Chair in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with additional support from the Department of English Language and Literature, the Honors Program, and the Women's Studies Programs at UNI. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Samuel Gladden, UNI associate professor of English, at

(319) 273-2305 or at