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April 18, 2008

At A Glance

UI law school ranks in top 20 in employer reputation survey

A new national survey has found the University of Iowa College of Law has one of the best reputations of U.S. law schools among law firm partners and hiring professionals.

The UI law school is ranked 19th according to the employer reputation ranking conducted by, an online job and career search site. The survey ranked the UI seventh among public institutions and fourth among Big 10 law schools.

Vault compiled its rankings by surveying nearly 400 hiring partners, hiring committee members, associate interviewers and recruiting professionals across the country on which law schools best prepare their graduates to achieve in the firm environment.

The survey can be found online at

SunKoo Yuh, visiting artist in ceramics, will give lecture at UI April 24

Ceramics artist SunKoo Yuh, a visiting artist the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture about his work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Room 240 of Art Building West.

Yuh says his work expresses his inner emotions, communicates about life, and directly draws from mundane experiences. He also affirms that everything can have both universal and personal meanings that can be expressed through an awareness of daily life.

Currently on the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Yuh was raised and educated in Korea. He holds degrees from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea, and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, New York. For more information about Yuh, visit

Expert on race, hip-hop culture and sports to speak April 24

Todd Boyd, a scholar, author and ubiquitous media commentator known for his work on race, media, hip hop culture and sports, will discuss "American Dreamin' (The 9/11 Re-Mix)" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Room 1505, Seamans Center.

Boyd is a faculty member in the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. In 1999, he produced and co-wrote Paramount Pictures' "The Wood," a film in which three young men reminisce about their childhood together in the midst of a groom's wedding-day jitters. His books include "The Notorious Ph.D.'s Guide to the Super Fly 70s," "Young, Black, Rich, and Famous" and "Am I Black Enough For You?" He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, and is a columnist for's Page 2.

The UI communication studies department is bringing Boyd to campus to deliver the free, public, Leah Vandeburg Lecture, which will be followed by a reception in the Becker Communication Studies Building Lobby.

For Boyd's biography, visit

Philharmonia and All-University String Orchestra will share April 27 concert

The Philharmonia and All-University String Orchestra (AUSO), two of the orchestral ensembles at the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a concert program at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of graduate students in the conducting program, is free and open to the public. The AUSO will present four works:

--Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, with Andrea Molina, conductor.
--"Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (A little night music) by W.A. Mozart, with Kevin Pearce, conductor.
--Sinfonia No. 9 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn, with Jeremy Starr, conductor.
--The "Simple Symphony," op. 4, by Benjamin Britten, with Lucas Darger, conductor.

The Philharmonia Orchestra will present only two works:

--"Capriccio italien," op. 45 by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with Jeremy Starr, conductor.
--The Symphony No. 5 in D major by Felix Mendelssohn ("Reformation Symphony"), with three conductors leading separate movements: Darger, Pearce and Molina.

Yang reads April 28 for 'Live from Prairie Lights'

Kao Kalia Yang will read from "The Latecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir," in a free reading at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen live via the Writing University Web site at

The event will be recorded for broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI-AM 910. Hour-long Iowa Public Radio "Live from Prairie Lights" productions, hosted by Julie Englander, air at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

The Hmong, a rainforest people with no written language, fled to refugee camps after many were massacred for collaborating with the United States during the Vietnam War.

Yang, co-founder of the immigrant-services company Words Wanted, which helps immigrants with writing, translating and business services, was born in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand in 1980, and her family immigrated to the United States when she was six years old, settling in Minnesota. Her Web site is

Percussion-piano duo from France will present UI recital April 29

The duo of percussionist Thierry Miroglio and pianist Ancuza Aprodu, French musicians who are on a tour of the United States, will present a program of contemporary music as guests of the University of Iowa Center for New Music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Works on the program will be:

--Etude d'Interprétation XII (Interpretive study XII) for piano and percussion by Maurice Ohana.
--"Music for Joan" for piano and percussion by Betsy Jolas.
--The American premiere of "Al Furioso" (Furiously) for piano and percussion by Jean-Luc Darbellay.
--"Dialog Imaginär"(Imaginary dialog) for solo piano and electronics by Georg Katzer.
--"Soundstates" for solo percussion and electronics by Ching-Wen Chao.
--"Phonic Streams" for piano, percussion and electronics by Daniel Teruggi.

Miroglio is professor of percussion at the Conservatory Darius Milhaud in Paris and director of the percussion collection at Jobert Editions in Paris. Aprodu is director of contemporary piano collections at Jobert Editions, and both performers maintain international performing careers in Europe, Asia and the United States.

For program notes and extensive performers' biographies, visit


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