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Nov. 2, 2009

At A Glance

November issue of Iowa Insights podcast now available

The November 2009 edition of "Iowa Insights," a monthly podcast produced by the University of Iowa Office of University Relations, focuses on the use of art to inspire incarcerated women and teens, purchasing child-safe products, and bringing sustainability to small towns in Iowa.

Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, an associate professor of art, talks about how she uses art classes to inspire incarcerated women and teens. Pam Hoogerwerf of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital discusses the Safety Store, a hospital resource that offers low-cost child safety products and guidance on how to use them. And Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Paul Hanley talks about his graduate students, who bring sustainability to small-town Iowa through an educational outreach project.

More information at


Michaels to discuss Lamaze methods in Central Asia, North Africa Nov. 5

Paula Michaels, University of Iowa associate history professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will discuss "Orientalism in the Labor Room: The Lamaze Method of Childbirth in Central Asia and North Africa," at noon Thursday, Nov. 5, in the main conference room in Schaeffer Hall, accessible through the main office, Room 208, on the UI campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Middle East and Muslim World Studies (MEMWS) colloquia series, which features UI faculty, students and staff who discuss their research about these regions of the world in informal talks. Beverages and cookies will be served.

Michaels' talk will draw on the material from her new book, tentatively titled "Good Girls and Their Helpful Husbands: A Transnational History of Childbirth Preparation, 1930-80." The work analyzes modern efforts to prepare women for childbirth and alleviate pain during delivery through education and both physical and psychological training.

Michaels joined the history department in 1997. Her research interests lie in the cultural and political history of 20th century Russia and Central Asia. MEMWS is part of UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Denise Filios, MEMWS director, at 319-335-3451 or


UI Family Weekend activities set for Nov. 6-8

More than 400 families are registered for the University of Iowa’s Family Weekend, which runs Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 8.

Registration materials -- excluding football tickets – may be picked up at the Campus Information Center on the Iowa Memorial Union’s first floor from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring the Night Hawks Country Night 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday in the IMU Second Flood Ballroom, featuring dancing, live music, food and games with prizes. And at 9 p.m. Saturday, mentalist and magician Paul Draper will perform in the IMU Main Lounge. Both CAB events are open to the public; tickets are $5.

On Saturday, the IMU Main Lounge will hold a Game Day Breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m., just before the Hawkeye football game against Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium for those with tickets.

Families can also attend the Dance Marathon Family Weekend Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will support UI Children’s Hospital and its Pediatric Oncology Unit.

For more information, see


Mansfield discusses Holocaust, defying genocide Nov. 10

Cathy Mansfield of Drake University will give this year's Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz lecture, "The Sparks Fly Upward: Learning About the Holocaust, Defying Genocide," which will feature performances by University of Iowa School of Music students and faculty. The lecture will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the UI Music Recital Hall, located in 1670 University Capitol Center. Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture by Mansfield is part of the two-week celebration marking the UICHR's 10th anniversary. For more information, visit or contact Amy Weismann at or 319-335-0483. UICHR is part of UI International Programs.


Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Organization hosts Nov. 13 reading

Graduate students and professors in the department of Spanish and Portuguese will read from current works of narrative and poetry at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. The recital will feature creative works in Spanish and English written by professors Roberto Ampuero, Ana Merino and Santiago Vaquera Vásquez, faculty members in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The free, public event is organized by the newly established Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Organization. SPGO is the primary representative, administrative and service organization for graduate students enrolled in the department of Spanish and Portuguese. It assists in the administration of resources designated to graduate students, and works to establish and maintain programs and activities of interest to graduate students in the department.

SPGO is planning a spring colloquium, "En Obra" (Under Construction) during which graduate students will present scholarly work. The group also intends to launch a new online magazine that will continue the spirit of "Torre de Papel," (Tower of Paper) a peer-reviewed print journal the department used to produce.


Story-time Explorers continues with 'Sloths' at UI Museum of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Story-time Explorers series continues on Sunday, Nov. 15, with children's book readings about "Sloths" at 2 p.m. in Mammal Hall, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

The event is free and open to the public. The stories, which are related to museum displays, are geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. After story-time, visitors can explore the associated exhibits with museum staff, and children will have an opportunity to participate in activities or have an activity to take home.

A future Story-time Explorers reading is scheduled for Dec. 20.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


UI Center to host statewide nonprofit summit in Des Moines

The University of Iowa's Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center is organizing a statewide summit of state nonprofit organization leaders to develop ways their groups can help Iowans during a difficult economy.

The daylong conference, "Turning Challenge Into Opportunity," will be held Monday, Nov. 16, at the State Historical Society Building, 600 E. Locust St., in Des Moines. Registration is $50.

The conference will include presentations and workshops on developing successful collaborations and partnerships, leveraging resources, legislative issues, accountability, and grant writing. For more information or to register, visit

The conference is being held in partnership with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Grant Enterprise Management, Iowa Council of Foundations and United Ways of Iowa.


UICHR sponsors 'King Corn' film screening, discussion Nov. 19

Documentary filmmaker Ian Cheney will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at a showing of his film, "King Corn" at the Iowa City Public Library.

In this film, Cheney and co-producer Curt Ellis raised an acre of corn near Greene, Iowa, and followed its path through the food chain. As a student, Cheney was a founder of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, a project dedicated to bringing locally grown foods to campus. He also earned a fellowship to study food markets in West Africa and was awarded the Berkeley Master's Prize for his efforts to make Yale "green."

Cheney will appear in Iowa City as part of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) "One Community, One Book" annual reading project. This year's book on local foods and the human right to adequate food is "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. Cosponsors include ECO Iowa City, New Pioneer Coop, Slow Food Iowa, UI International Programs, the UI Office of Sustainability and the UI Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. UICHR is part of UI International Programs.

Visit or call Joan Nashelsky at 319-335-3900 or


Iowa City Book Festival announces 2010 date

The Iowa City Book Festival, a celebration of books, reading and writing presented by the University of Iowa Libraries, will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Located in Gibson Square outside the main library's south entrance on the UI campus, the festival will include a mix of booksellers, a small music stage, children's activities, food vendors, book arts demonstrations, readings and panel discussions.

The planning committee already has begun work on next summer's festivities. Members of the committee include: Kristi Bontrager and Greg Prickman from the UI Libraries as festival co-directors; Tim Barrett, UI Center for the Book, hands-on activities; Chris Clark, UI Libraries, music coordinator; Debb Green, Iowa City Public Library, kids' programming; Jim McCoy, UI Press, book vendors and programming; Lisa McDaniels, UI Libraries, food vendors and programming; Allison Means, UI Press, public relations and marketing; and Jan Weissmiller, Prairie Lights Books, programming.

Again in 2010, the libraries will host a pre-festival Author Dinner on Friday, July 16 in the North Exhibition Hall of the main library. Authors participating in the festival will be attending.

To see photos from the 2009 festival and to keep current on planning for 2010, see


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