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Hearst Lecture Series to bring Imagine Chicago to UNI Oct. 1<br>

September 26, 2002
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Christopher Martin, co-chair of the Hearst Lecture Series committee, (319) 273-2788
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Bliss Browne, founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Lang Auditorium on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Browne's address, 'Renewing Systems from Within: Harnessing Imagination for Public Good,' will open UNI's 2002-2003 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series.

Since 1992, Imagine Chicago has engaged many communities in Chicago and across the world in understanding, imagining and creating the future they value through intergenerational civic projects, said Christopher Martin, co-chair of the Hearst Lecture Series committee. Martin says Browne's perspectives become particularly relevant as Cedar Falls and Waterloo consider a bid for Vision Iowa funds.

Browne is a graduate of Yale, Harvard, and Northwestern University with degrees in history, theology, and finance. She is an Episcopal priest and was formerly a corporate banking executive at First Chicago. She serves on several museum advisory boards, as a director of seven Chicago non-profit organizations and was a member of the Saguaro seminar on Civic Engagement in America. Browne is internationally known for her uncommon ability to bring widely separated groups into productive dialogue.

The Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is sponsored by the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Department of Communication Studies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Martin at (319) 273-2788.