Lunch forum to discuss gender discrimination

Nancy Thompson, University of Iowa associate professor of community and behavioral health, and Elizabeth Pelton, UI associate professor emeritus of health and sport studies and liberal arts and sciences, will discuss gender discrimination at the next Finding God at Iowa lunch forum from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Thompson and Pelton were tenured associate professors in the dental hygiene program at the UI College of Dentistry when UI officials decided to eliminate the dental hygiene program in 1991. They, along with the chair of their department, filed suit against the university claiming that the scheduled closing discriminated against the all-female program. They lost the legal battle after several appeals.

They will share details about that experience, with the intent of heightening awareness, and laying the groundwork for prevention of and response to gender discrimination.

The Finding God at Iowa lunch forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the school year. For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or