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August 23, 1996

Comedian kicks off lectures series

by Jennifer Holland, News Service intern
Before the hard work begins for fall semester, comedian Craig Anton kicks off the 1996-97 Lectures Program with laughter and free fun for everyone at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

Anton's performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Anton has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and MTV's Half- Hour Comedy House.

Following is a look at some of the lecture series' highlights this fall.

Leading off in September, Harvard science professor E.O. Wilson will discuss "Ants and Sociobiology" at 4 p.m. and "The Diversity of Life" at 8 p.m., both Sept. 12. Wilson recently was named one of the most influential Americans by Time Magazine. He holds two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Medal of Science.

Michael Dyson, director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will debate "Affirmative Action" on Sept. 18 with Dinesh D'Souza, who was the White House domestic policy analyst during the Reagan administration. D'Souza wrote Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus.

The annual Insect Horror Film Festival has been moved up to the last weekend in September. For some kooky films and spooky treats, leave Sept. 27-28 open.

Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will discuss "Tolstoy's War and Peace as a Guide to Recent History" on Oct. 1.

As part of the Women's Week observance in October, internationally known Angela Davis, presidential chair of African American and feminist studies and a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss "Gender, Race and Class" on Oct. 11. Davis is the author of Blues, Legacies, and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.

1994 Grammy Award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will perform North Indian classical music on a modified western guitar at the Fisher Theater on Oct. 11 .

Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics, will be on campus Oct. 14-15. Her speaking schedule has yet to be finalized.

Carl Djerassi, professor of chemistry at Stanford University, who has been called the father of the birth control pill, and Holly Burkhalter, director of advocacy for Human Rights Watch, will speak Nov. 3 about "Population, Development and Human Rights."

All Lecture Program events are free. Check the Events calendar on the Iowa State homepage for times and locations.

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