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Aug. 26, 2009

At A Glance

Valentino receives NEA translation fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a $12,500 literary translation fellowship to Russell Valentino, professor and chair of cinema and comparative literature in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Valentino is one of only 16 scholars in the world to receive this honor for fiscal year 2010. The NEA grants support the translation of a diverse range of texts, including fiction, poetry, memoir, drama and philosophy.

Valentino will translate a collection of 44 poems, "Conversations with Filip the Seagull in this Corner of Paradise," by Ligio Zanini. Zanini (1927-93) was born in the small fishing village of Rovigno (then part of Italy) on the Adriatic coast. He wrote in Rovignese, a dialect spoken by only about 600 people. Valentino's translation will be the first of Zanini's work to appear in English.


UI Press releases paperback edition of former Iowa Short Fiction winner

The University of Iowa Press will release the first paperback edition of Sharon Dilworth's "The Long White," winner of the 1988 Iowa Short Fiction Award.

The book will be available Sept. 1, 2009, at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

Dilworth's stories are set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the power and ferocity of two great lakes influence the lives of every inhabitant.

She is a professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, and her most recent collection is "Women Drinking Benedictine."


UI Children's Hospital, Kohl's event will encourage healthy eating Aug. 29

Representatives of University of Iowa Children's Hospital, Kohl's, and Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County will hold a special event to celebrate healthy nutrition for children and their families from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Iowa City Farmers Market in Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, located across from the Iowa City City Hall at 410 E. Washington St.

Saturday's event will feature food preparation demonstrations and samples of nutritious lunches that can be prepared for school-aged children. The event is the kickoff of the yearlong Kohl's Wellness is Learning and Doing (WILD) Kids Project.

Now entering its fourth year, this program is a joint effort that includes UI Children's Hospital, Kohl's department stores, and Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County. The program, which aims to promote healthy eating and fitness among children, is made possible by a grant from Kohl's.


UI community can explore volunteer opportunities Sept. 2

Nearly 70 local service agencies will be represented at this year's University of Iowa volunteer fair on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Representatives from the organizations will be available to answer questions and sign up volunteers. Agencies include civic and government organizations, cultural and historical groups, educational and child care organizations, and groups that serve people who are poor, ill, disabled or victims of violence.

A poster session featuring community engagement projects will be held the same day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hubbard Commons in the IMU.

The fair and poster session are co-sponsored by the Civic Engagement Program, the Office of Student Life, Students Today Leaders Forever, UI Student Government, Pomerantz Career Center and the 10,000 Hours Show. For more information visit


UI public lectures celebrating International Year of Astronomy continue Sept. 2

The University of Iowa's series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a talk, "Exploring the Ancient Climate of Mars," by Ingrid A. Ukstins Peate, professor in the UI Department of Geoscience, from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Given by faculty and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, lectures are aimed at a non-scientific, family audience and followed by an informal discussion period. The remaining talks in the series, with all events beginning at 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, include:

--Wednesday, Oct. 14, "Black Holes of All Sizes," Philip Kaaret.
--Wednesday, Nov. 11, "Supernovae: Stars that Explode," Randall L. McEntaffer.

For further information, see:  or contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy in advance at 319-335-1688.


Poet Koethe reads at Prairie Lights Sept. 10

Poet John Koethe will read from his new collection, "Ninety-fifth Street," in a free event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event will be streamed live and then archived by the Writing University at

The author of several collections of poetry, including "North Point North: New and Selected Poems," Koethe also publishes and teaches philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focusing on the philosophy of language.

Koethe received the Kingsley Tufts Award for "Falling Water," the Frank O'Hara Award for "Domes" and the Bernard F. Connors Award. His poetry has been included in several anthologies, including "Best American Poetry." He has been granted fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.


Mental health conference enrollment deadline is Sept. 14

Clinicians who regularly interact with individuals with mental illness may enroll in a University of Iowa conference to learn how to better recognize and treat clients with co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

The daylong event, "Approaches to Co-Occurring Mental Illnesses and Substance Abuse," will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the University Athletic Club, 1360 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City. The enrollment deadline is Sept. 14.

The course fee is $70, which includes program materials and light refreshments. Continuing education units are available as part of the course fee. Parking is free.

For registration information, visit and download the conference pdf in the "What's New" section or contact Nancy Noyer at UI Learning and Development at 319-335-0560 or


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