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March 11, 2009

At A Glance

UI public lectures celebrating International Year of Astronomy continue March 25

The UI series of free, public lectures celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a talk by Robert Mutel, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 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, the lectures are aimed at a nonscientific, family audience and followed by an informal discussion period. The series, with all events beginning at 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, (except as noted for the July 18 program) includes:

--Wednesday, March 25, "The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe," Robert L. Mutel.
--Wednesday, April 15, "Finding Our Place in the Cosmos," Kenneth G. Gayley.
--Wednesday, May 6, "Future Spacecraft Exploration of the Solar System," William S. Kurth.
--Saturday, July 18, Subject TBA, To be held at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, beginning at 8 p.m.
--Wednesday, Sept. 2, "Exploring the Ancient Climate of Mars," Ingrid A. Ukstins Peate.
--Wednesday, Oct. 14, ""Black Holes of All Sizes," Philip Kaaret.
--Wednesday, Nov. 11, Subject TBA.

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Zach Savich, winner of Iowa Poetry Prize, reads March 25

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Zach Savich will read from his Iowa Poetry Prize-winning collection, "Full Catastrophe Living," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The "Live from Prairie Lights" series event will be streamed live and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site at:

"Fall Catastrophe Living" was just released by the University of Iowa Press. In meditations, songs, slapstick sequences, sonnets, narratives and tightly carved fragments, Savich explores the conflicts between romance and reality, between inventing a new world and staying true to this one.

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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.