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Aug. 19, 2009

At a Glance

Implications of Iran's internal conflict subject of Aug. 26 talk

Michael Kraig, senior fellow at the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, will present "Iran: Politics and Perspectives" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

MidWestOne Bank is co-sponsoring this event. Oasis Falafel is catering, and the cost is $8 for ICFRC members and $9 for non-members. Reservations are required in advance, and the deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 24.

Kraig's work includes research and outreach in the areas of G-8 expansion in an era of rising powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and others. His work also includes human protection issues such as conflict prevention, mitigation and management in cases of fragile states.

He is interested in widening the policy debate in the United States and within foreign capitals by discussing multilateral, cooperative policy options that could make the world more prosperous and secure.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 319-335-0351 or visit


Iranian student panel to explore recent election results, aftermath Aug. 26

Iranian and Iranian-American young people will share stories and perspectives on the recent turmoil in Iran during a panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. The free, public discussion will take place in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City.

Additional topics will be the role of social media, the significance of public protests, the influence of the Iranian diaspora and thoughts about the future of the next Iranian generation.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit


UI student job fair features employment opportunities Aug. 27

University of Iowa students interested in campus employment for the fall 2009 semester are invited to attend the student job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

Sponsored by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid, the fair will feature university and off-campus employers who qualify for work-study support based on their government or nonprofit status. Employers will offer part-time hourly positions and work-study positions.

Staff from the financial aid office will be available to answer questions, verify work-study eligibility and explain the payroll process.

For more information, contact the student employment area of the Office of Student Financial Aid at 319-335-1460. Jobnet, a Web-based advertisement system for student jobs on and off campus, is updated daily and can be accessed at


New Writers' Workshop student traces nerdiness in Sept. 2 reading

Benjamin Nugent, an incoming student in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his book "American Nerd: The Story of My People" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site,

Nugent says he was a nerdy child and wondered why there wasn't a history of the term "nerd," which other kids hurled his way along with objects. So he wrote the history himself, even tracking down nerdy friends from junior high to see how their lives turned out.

The book has landed him on NPR's On Point, the Today show and Last Call with Carson Daly. Read a no-holds-barred interview with him at

Nugent began his writing career as a reporter for Time and has also written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, n+1 and other media. He is also the author of the biography "Elliot Smith and the Big Nothing."


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.