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March 9, 2009

At A Glance

Class on the Qur'an begins March 19

In a new Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) class at the UI, participants can read the translation of the Qur'an and focus on understanding the message behind it.

The class, "The Message of the Noble Qur'an," will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 19 through April 23, in Room 1117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility, on the west side of the UI campus. The course fee is $45 for OLLI members and $60 for nonmembers.

Instructor Shams Ghoneim will explore the basic commonalities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as depicted in the Qur'an.

To register, visit

For more information contact Julie Bobitt, 319-384-4222 or

Campus, public invited to UI forum on flood mitigation March 26

The University of Iowa's Flood Mitigation Task Force and Campus Planning Committee will host an open forum at 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 26 in the UI Libraries' Shambaugh Auditorium. The hosting groups will provide updates on the ongoing process of evaluating options and strategies for protecting the campus from future flood events. The forum will then be open to questions and comments from the audience.

All interested members of the community including UI faculty, staff, and students as well as other residents of the surrounding municipalities are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gregg Oden, 319-335-2455 or


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