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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7


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Distinguished UI scholar of human rights to deliver annual Presidential Lecture

Ken Cmiel
Kenneth Cmiel
Photo by Tom Jorgensen

Kenneth Cmiel, a faculty member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and new director of the UI Center for Human Rights, will speak on “Seeing War at a Distance: Photography from Antietam to Abu Ghraib” at this year’s Presidential Lecture, Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m., 4th Floor Assembly Rooms, Levitt Center for University Advancement.

An American studies and history professor who has amassed a significant body of research and writing on U.S. cultural history and the global history of human rights, Cmiel has recently been working on the history of the information age and on visual culture. This recent inquiry examines the different ways that image and information have been discussed and managed in the past 100 years, with the central concern being the different ways that formal research is presented to the public. In particular, Cmiel is looking at the evolution of libraries, museum exhibitions, ideas about the philosophy of science, and expert testimony in courtrooms.

The University’s annual Presidential Lecture series provides an opportunity for distinguished members of the faculty to present significant aspects of their work to members of the University community and the general public. The University established the series to encourage intellectual communication among the many disciplines that make up The University of Iowa, and to provide a public forum for University scholarship, research, and creative achievement. The series is made possible through the generosity of donors of unrestricted gifts to the University of Iowa Foundation.

Cmiel has published on a number of topics in 19th- and 20th-century history—from Walt Whitman to the computerization of libraries, from the history of political ideology to the history of television and movies.

Cmiel’s first book, Democratic Eloquence: The Fight over Popular Speech in Nineteenth-Century America, won the Allen Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. His second book was a study of child dependency in 19th- and 20th-century Chicago.

A former Faculty Scholar, Cmiel is currently a Global Scholar. In the next six months, Cmiel will lecture on his research in Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, Copenhagen, and Melbourne.



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