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Release: Feb. 7, 2002
Ehrstine to speak on German, Swiss Carnival traditions
Glenn Ehrstine, associate professor of German in the
University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will kick off the
spring semester International Mondays lecture series with a presentation on
"Carnival in Germany and Switzerland: Past and Present" from noon to 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 11 in the International Center Lounge. This event is free and
open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.
In the week before Ash Wednesday, self-proclaimed
"fools" take to the streets in several regions of Central and Southern Germany,
according to Ehrstine. These costumed Carnival celebrants indulge in activities
ranging from binge drinking to biting political satire. The presentation will
focus on current Carnival traditions as well as historical background on Carnival
in Germany and Switzerland as an agent of cultural change. Ehrstine's research
concerns the urban literature of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including
the role of Carnival plays in propagating the Protestant Reformation.
The series is sponsored by UI International Programs
and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions
with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are
usually held from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center
Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the
exception of holidays and breaks. For more information or special accommodations
to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs 'outreach
coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.
Small Business Tax Workshop March 14
A Small Business Tax Workshop, sponsored by the University
of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the Iowa
City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City.
The workshop will include a review of federal tax
rules and regulations for small businesses. Included in the program will be
the different forms of business and their tax implications, business deductions,
the difference between employees and independent contractors, when to withhold
employee taxes and how to prevent tax problems. The morning session will cover
Basic IRS Requirements, while the afternoon session will cover Employee Taxes.
The workshop cost is $35, which covers the cost of
materials. For more information and/or to register, contact the UI SBDC at
(319) 335-3742 or e-mail Paula McMartin at firstname.lastname@example.org.