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Professor to present talk on '1950s Hollywood'

June 24, 2009

Dina Smith, assistant professor of English, will present a talk on "1950s Hollywood" on Thursday, June 25, as part of Cowles Library's Midweek Muses and Munchies series

The initiative aims to promote discussion and discourse related to books and various academic topics.

The events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 12:10 p.m. by Cowles Café outside of room 122 in Cowles Library, 28thStreet and University Ave.

Participants can bring their own lunches or purchase food from the café or the grill outside the library's main entrance.

The rest of the Midweek Muses and Munchies schedule is below: 

  • June 30 -- "Memoir: The Writer as a Window on the World" -- Tim Bascom, professor of English
  • July 1 -- "Nature Writing -- Elizabeth West, assistant professor of English 

  • July 2 -- "Women in Horror Films": Part I -- Beth Younger, associate professor of English 

  • July 8 -- Nature Writing" -- Elizabeth West, assistant professor of English 

  • July 9 -- "Women in Horror Films": Part II -- Beth Younger, associate professor of English 

  • July 14 -- "Insights into the Metro's hockey fans and their 'fan-dom'" -- Dorothy Pisarski, assistant professor of journalism 

  • July 15 -- "Multicultural American Fiction" -- Carol Spaulding-Kruse, associate professor of English 

  • July 22 -- "The Copyfight: Can Intellectual Property Rights be Pushed Too Far?" -- Marcia Keyser, coordinator of information services and associate professor of librarianship 

  • July 23 -- "Cataloging History" -- Dorothy Pisarski, assistant professor of journalism, and Drake student Chad Allen 

For more information about the series, contact Susan Breakenridge at 515-271-3994 or

Read more about the series online.