Author Robert Morris to speak at DMU Feb. 4

February 2, 2011 —

Public invited to noon presentation by Iowa native

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines-born author Robert V. Morris will be speaking Friday, February 4, at noon, in the Des Moines University Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Ave. The event is free to the public.

Morris released his book, “Black Faces of War, A legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today” on January 15. He was born in Des Moines, graduated from the University of Iowa and was named as one of the “50 most influential Iowans of the 21st Century” by the Des Moines Register in 2000.

He will be speaking at Des Moines University (DMU) from his perspective as part of a family steeped in military tradition. He is proud of his lineage as part of the African-American experience of war.

“As part of our effort to increase the cultural awareness and sensitivity of our students, we bring speakers to campus to share their knowledge and experiences from a non-majority perspective. Des Moines, may not reflect the cultures many of our students will one day practice in. We hope to increase our future health care professionals’ cultural knowledge, sensitivity and understanding to enable them to provide the best possible care to their future patients,” said Lynn Martin, Ph.D., director of DMU’s educational support services.

Free parking is directly behind the building. For a map and driving directions, visit www.dmu.edu/about/campus.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.