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Discovering comic truth in UNI lecture

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Sarah Pauls, marketing and promotions coordinator, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, 319-273-2725, sarah.pauls@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Humanities and Fine Arts Senate has named Paul Siddens the recipient of the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award. This was awarded prior to the merger of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, which is now the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Siddens is an associate professor of communication studies at UNI, and will present "From Funny Books to Graphic Novels: Teaching and Researching Comics," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Interpreter's Theatre, 040 Lang Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

"Historically, comic books and graphic novels have been considered low-brow reading material for young people with little or no substance or depth," Sidden notes. "However, it's actually possible to discover many things about who we are historically, culturally, socially and artistically through comic books and graphic novels."

For additional information, contact Sarah Pauls, marketing and promotions coordinator in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, at 319-273-2725 or sarah.pauls@uni.edu.