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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PERSPECTIVES, FEB. 3 -- Estera Milman, University of Iowa Museum of Art curator of intermedia arts, will speak on "The Arts and Human Rights," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the UI Museum of Art.

This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Milman will use examples of artworks from the museum's current exhibitions "The Artists' Poster Committee: A Decade of Political Art" and "Boris Lurie." The talk is part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UI's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Milman said, "This will be an attempt to present a diverse perspective on the relationship among art actions, art activism and human rights, which can be seen in groups like the No!art collective, a New York based assemblage co-founded in 1959 by artist Boris Lurie in response to the aftermath of the holocaust, Hiroshima, the atomic crisis and mass media's commodification of women."

"Global Focus: Human Rights '98" is a cross-disciplinary program of teaching, research and action of the UI and its surrounding communities designed to address the problems and prospects of human rights as the 21st century approaches. The program features distinguished speakers, scholarly lectures, panel discussions, published research, curricular innovations, community forums, radio broadcasts, artistic displays, theatrical events, films and musical offerings.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 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 Milman's talk. Admission is free.

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HOLLINGSHEAD READS FEB. 3 -- Canadian fiction writer Greg Hollingshead will read from his new novel, "The Healer," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 3 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Hollingshead, who teaches creative writing at the University of Alberta, has published more than 50 short stories and essays on fiction writing in literary magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. His short story collection "The Roaring Girl" recently won the Governor General's Award for English fiction. His books have been published in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, and China.

The Boston Globe calls Hollingshead "A subtle, ironic storyteller," and The Observer says "He has a way of making the ordinary buckle and twist into something quite bizarre."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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DIVAKARUNI READS FEB. 4 -- Indian writer Chitra Divakaruni will read from her newest novel, "Sister of My Heart," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque in downtown Iowa City.

The New Yorker says Divakaruni's prose is "so pungent it stains the page, yet beneath the sighs and smells . . . she deftly introduces her true theme: how an ability to accommodate desire enlivens not only the individual heart but a society cornered by change."

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.

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MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM, FEB. 7 -- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle from the University of Iowa School of Music and pianist Jana Lahood will perform songs of love at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 in the UI Museum or Art. This presentation, which is part of the museum's Music in the Museum series, is open to the public free of charge.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes for a solo performer to command the stage."

She has performed with the opera theater of Lille, France, the Academy of the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival Opera Theatre, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, "From a Woman's Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart "Requiem" released by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Music in the Museum 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 noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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