CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LECTURE ON SOCIAL HISTORY OF RELIGION APRIL 1 -- Jeffrey Cox, professor
of history at the University of Iowa, will give a lecture on the social
history of religion in 19th-century England at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
1 in the UI Museum of Art.
The lecture, which will be presented as part of the museum's "Perspectives"
series in conjunction with the current exhibition "Victorian Fairy
Painting," will be free and open to the public.
A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century British history, Cox was
chair of the UI history department 1993-96. He is the author of "English
Churches in a Secular Society," published by Oxford University Press,
and scholarly articles for publications including the Journal of British
History and Women's History Review. A scholar with an interest in social
history, Cox has written about religion in the Victorian era, English women
in Imperial India and the 19th-century missionary movement. He is currently
doing research on British and American missionaries in the Punjab during
the period 1880-1930.
Cox holds master's and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard University
and an undergraduate degree from Rice University. He has received numerous
grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.
He was chosen a UI faculty scholar for 1985-88.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1997-98 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Cox's talk. Admission is free.
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LORRIE MOORE FICTION READING APRIL 1 -- In what may be an appropriately
chosen date for a writer known for balancing what is funny and what is
serious, fiction writer Lorrie Moore will mark April Fool's Day with a
reading from her most recent work at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 in Shambaugh
Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, sponsored
by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Moore has emerged as one of the finest and most-loved writers in America.
She is the author of three collections of stories -- "Self Help,"
"Anagrams" and "Like Life," and the novel "Who
Will Run the Frog Hospital?"
Caryn James, writing in the New York Times Book Review, says that Moore
"is the most astute and lasting (writer) of her generation."
Newsday, in its review of "Like Life" concluded: "Moore's
work continues to astound: a fiercely unsentimental style vivid with imagery;
pungent, funny dialogue; a sense of the absurd balanced by compassion for
The Philadelphia Inquirer called "Like Life" "A brilliant
collection . . . the funny and the tragic dovetail with precision and poetry,"
and the Chicago Tribune describes Moore's work as "Exquisite . . .
balanced adriotly on the fine line between laughter and tears."
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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA APRIL 2 -- The Chamber Orchestra from the University
of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Thursday,
April 2 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The Chamber Orchestra is a small ensemble of students at the UI School
of Music. Serving as a training ground for student conductors and soloists,
the Chamber Orchestra presents a series of free concerts at their usual
rehearsal time -- 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. These concerts
give the student conductors and soloists an opportunity to appear before
The April 2 concert will be conducted by graduate student Beverly Everett
and feature graduate student Dennis R. Pedde as soloist in Giuseppi Torelli's
Concerto in D major for trumpet.
Other works on the program will be Three Film Scores for string orchestra
by Toru Takemitsu and, optimistically, Symphony No. 1, known as the "Spring"
Symphony, by Robert Schumann.
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PALMER POETRY READING APRIL 3 -- Michael Palmer will read from his most
recent poetry at 8 p.m., Friday, April 3 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the
University of Iowa Main Library. The reading, which is sponsored by the
Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.
Palmer, born in 1943, is one of the major poets of his generation. He
is the author of the highly acclaimed collections "Blake's Newton,"
"First Figure," "Notes for Echo Lake" and "At
Passages," "Without Music" and "Sun," all of which
define him as a poet capable of breaking our mechanical habits of perception
The New York Times Book Review described Palmer as "one of our
finest poets . . . (in his poetry) we seem to move among parts of an argument
as large as the mind itself." Poet Robert Creeley wrote of Palmer's
work: "The confident brilliance of the writer makes possible a place
where words initially engage their meanings -- as if the edge of all 'creations'
of all 'worlds.'"
Poet and critic John Ashbery wrote: "Michael Palmer's poems in
'At Passages' are as exemplary radical as ever, but tinged with a new dense
lyricism and undercurrents of humor that make this his most exciting collection
Palmer has been the recipient of Guggenheim and Lila Wallace-Reader's
Digest fellowships as well as the PEN Center U.S.A./West award. His work
is anthologized in collections that include several editions of "Best
American Poetry," "Pushcart Prize 12" and "New Directions."
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DANCE THESIS CONCERT APRIL 3 & 4 -- University of Iowa graduate
dance students Sara
Jane Duax, Kirsten Kaschock and Tammy Goesch will present a joint Thesis
Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4 in the Space/Place
Theatre of UI North Hall.
Duax has created her interpretation in dance of the French children's
story, "The Little Prince," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The
work reflects her interpretation of the moral of the story -- the responsibility
and importance of friendship -- and her movement representation of the
individual characterizations. Much of the work will consist of duets between
the Little Prince and the individuals he meets as he travels through the
universe, as well as a few large group numbers.
Kaschock's choreography is an abstract modern work about love letters.
The piece works with the concept of "bodies without voice and voices
without bodies" and stresses the coexistence of text and dance on
stage. She includes a collage of readings from love letters, blues songs
with lyrics and piano pieces with no lyrics.
Gotesch, whose thesis is in performance rather than choreography, is
performing in both works. She represents the Little Prince in Duax's thesis
and is a soloist in Kaschock's work.
Admission will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and children)
at the door.