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Dec. 1, 2009

At A Glance

Ponseti memorial service is Dec. 6

A celebration of life for clubfoot treatment pioneer Ignacio V. Ponseti, M.D., will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Coral Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville. The service is open to the campus community and public.

Ponseti, a University of Iowa emeritus professor of orthopaedics since 1944, died Oct. 18. He was 95. Although he retired in 1984, Ponseti returned to work in 1986 in consultative practice and continued to treat patients, teach and conduct research. Ponseti was at work just days before his death.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

A biography of Ponseti is available online at


University Band and Concert Band share a Dec. 7 program

The University Band and Concert Band of the University of Iowa School of Music will share a free concert, led by faculty member Kevin Kastens and student conductors, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in the Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The University Band will perform "Cenotaph" by Jack Stamp and "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli under the direction of Marc Decker; and "The Wren Polka" by Eugene Damare and "Balkanya": Three Balkanese Dances by Jan Van der Roost, under the direction of Matthew Wanken.

After intermission, the Concert Band will perform "Flight" by Claude Smith, under the direction of Richard Chapman; "Blithe Bells" by Percy Grainger, edited and conducted by Kastens, the director of the Hawkeye Marching Band; Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold, conducted by Curran Prendergast; and "Trittico" by Vaclav Nelhybel, conducted by Kastens.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert at least once each semester. For more information on UI bands visit their Web page Read Kastens' bio at


Collaborative Performance Project will be performed Dec. 10-12 at the UI

"Mixed Signals: swinging between absence," a production of original dance, music and experimentation, will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12 in the Space Place Theater of the University of Iowa North Hall.

"Mixed Signals" was created as a Collaborative Performance Project by graduate dance, music and theatre students, under the guidance of UI dance faculty member Charlotte Adams.

"THREE : FOUR" is an exploration of kinetic and potential energy using the human body and a suspended swing. The structured improvisation of live musicians provides a framework for dialogue between sound and movement.

"I Ran Out of Paint" addresses absence and presence through the elements of light, sound and movement.

And "MIA BRB" deals with the schizophrenia of modern communication technology, including  compartmentalized data, constant message alerts and the sensation of being two places at once.

The event if free for UI students with a valid UI ID. For non-students, tickets are $12 ($6 for senior citizens and youth). Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher Box office, 319-335-1160 or 1-800-Hancher, The box office is located on the ground floor of the Old Capitol Center. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.


UI Gallery series presents 'How Catherine D___ Got Her Expression' Dec. 10-13

The Gallery Series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present "How Catherine D___ Got Her Expression," written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Lisa Leaverton and directed by Alex Iben, at 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

A French celebrity is interviewed about the origin of her mysterious "expression," as an adoring yet volatile crowd looks on. The play contains periods of blackout and air-borne aromas. Allergies should be discussed with the house manager prior to the performance. Seating on stage is available.

Leaverton, winner of the UI Center for Human Rights Playwriting Award, is a playwright, musician, collaborative artist and eco-activist. Her works have been produced by the Living Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Philadelphia Fringe.

Admission will be $5 (free for UI students with a valid UI ID).


Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibit on display in UI Main Library

The current exhibit in the University of Iowa Main Library North Exhibition Hall, "Material Witness: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki," features a Hiroshima-Nagasaki poster collection donated to the UI Libraries by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The exhibit -- on display through Feb. 28, 2010 -- covers the history of the atomic bombings in Japan up to present day peace activism.

The Hiroshima Peace Foundation organized a U.S. poster exhibition tour from September 2007 through December 2008 to convey the reality of the damage and horror of those events, as well as to extend the foundation's efforts to abolish nuclear weapons and promote peace.

The exhibition was organized by Chiaki Sakai, Japanese studies librarian; Marianne Mason, federal documents librarian; and Duncan Stewart, cataloging librarian.

A paper crane making session will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2-4 p.m. in the Main Library, North Exhibition Hall, with the goal of sending 1,000 paper cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The origami cranes have become a symbol of world peace.

To arrange a group tour of the exhibit, contact Kristi Bontrager, or 319-335-5960. For more information, see


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