For Immediate Release
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October 26, 2000

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Indiana University’s First Lady to Explore 
The Values and Politics of “Beauty”

Indiana University’s First Lady,Peg Zeglin Brand willjoin the (IWILL) Indiana Women’s Institute for Learning and Leadership’s Fall Forum 2000 to discuss her recently edited anthology, BeautyMatters. With a focus on the values and politics of society’s viewof beauty and how it affects the lives of women, Brand will speak at IndianaUniversity Northwest on November 3 at 1 p.m. in the SavannahCenter Auditorium. 

During the forum, Brand will look at the provocative essays includedin Beauty Matters that address issues such as a beauty queen’s desireto measure up as a flawless object, the motivation of an African American women to straighten her hair, how the “beauty culture” perceives the disabledbody, or the constant effort to remain young and slim. The essays by aninternational group of scholars also discuss the aesthetics in the arts,the tools of fashion, the materials of decoration and the big business of beautification.

Brand is assistant professor of philosophy and gender studies at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, and is adjunct professor of women's studies atIUPUI. Her principal areas of research are philosophy of art, women's art, feminist art criticism and art theory,and gender differences in humor. She has a BA in fine arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison,and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.She will join IU Northwest’s First Lady, Cynthia Owen-Bergland, at the IWILL Fall Forum to help promote the Northwest Indiana’s recently created institute for university and community women. The focus of IWILL is to create lifelong learning opportunities for all women in the region and to nurture women in leadership roles.

Following the presentation, a reception and a book signing by Brand will be held in the SavannahCenter Lobby. The IWILL Fall Forum is part of IU Northwest’s Diversity Programming series sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor. It is open to the community free of charge. To RSVP, telephone the IU Northwest Office of Development, Marketing and Communications at 219-980-6685.

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