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Nov. 4, 2009

At A Glance

Samsky awarded 2009 Rudolph Virchow Award for paper about drug donations

Ari Samsky, a post-doctoral researcher for the Global Health Studies Program (GHSP) at the University of Iowa, won the 2009 Rudolph Virchow Award for his paper titled "Medical Humanitarianism Without Humans: How International Drug Donations Reshape Health, Disease, and Local Law." Samsky completed his doctorate in June and wrote this paper in May while still a graduate student at Princeton University.

The paper draws on two years of ethnographic dissertation research on international pharmaceutical donations. The paper offers an overview of the origin of the donations as well as the concepts and problems operating in their current practice; it draws on interviews with pharmaceutical scientists and executives, observation at international steering meetings and fieldwork among drug recipients in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

The Rudolph Virchow Award is given by the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Study Group, a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. The professional award honors a paper that best reflects, extends or advances critical perspectives in medical anthropology. The GHSP is part of UI International Programs.

For more information contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-353-2700.

UI School of Art and Art History opens new space with thesis works Nov. 5-13

A retrospective on the history of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, "70 Years of the Iowa MFA: 1939-2009," will take place at the Market-Dubuque Display Space, 122 E. Market St., Nov. 5 - 13. The space is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and a reception will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

This exhibition features 55 works, including paintings, prints, drawings, metal work, ceramic, design, sculpture and inter-media from the UI Thesis Gallery.

The Thesis Gallery consists of nearly 8,000 artworks given to the School of Art and Art History by graduating Master of Fine Arts students since 1939. Items from the collection are available for rent by UI colleges, schools and offices on an annual basis. For this exhibition, special emphasis has been given to works that are infrequently displayed due to their special requirements for a venue.

Ambassador Quinn to speak on world hunger at UI Nov. 9

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, as part of its Careers for Change Lecture Series, will host Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, the president of the World Food Prize. The lecture will primarily focus on hunger issues around the world. The event will take place at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in Room 22 of Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Quinn, a former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and decorated foreign official, assumed the leadership of the World Food Prize on Jan. 1, 2000. Following the profound vision of Norman Borlaug, he has established the annual prize of $250,000 as "the Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture." Quinn's own insight on agriculture and foreign affairs led to the final eradication of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. His plan for agricultural enhancements and rural roads dramatically improved the lives of Cambodian farmers during his term as U.S. ambassador.

As a fluent speaker of Vietnamese, he served as the personal interpreter for President Ford during high-level meetings at the White House. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or visit

Oral to speak about Turkish, Iowa child protection programs Nov. 9

Dr. Resmive Oral, the clinical director of the Child Protection Program and associate professor of pediatrics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will talk about her program development efforts in Turkey that she has been carrying out for the last seven years to establish a national child abuse and neglect prevention program. Oral will speak at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library in downtown Iowa City. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The UI Child Protection Program has been collaborating with Turkish professionals to develop a training program in Turkey to increase professional awareness and the number of multidisciplinary teams (MDT), regional collaborations and assessed cases with an ultimate goal of seeing a national prevention program established.

Currently, Oral is working to establish a collaboration to provide child abuse services to remote areas of Iowa via telemedicine and is also advocating in Turkey.

This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, sponsored by the UI International Programs, Iowa City Public Library and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization.

For more information, contact Carly Andrews at 319-335-0345, e-mail or visit

Ehrlich reads for UI Nonfiction Writing Program Nov. 11

Gretel Ehrlich, a guest of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Ehrlich is the author of "The Solace of Open Spaces," "Islands, the Universe, Home," "This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland," "A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning," "Drinking Dry Clouds: Stories from Wyoming," "Heart Mountain" and "A Journey Home."

She worked in film for 10 years, and then began writing full time in 1978 after the death of a loved one. She had been filming on a 250,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch in northern Wyoming at the time, and that's where she stayed -- and where she was hit by lightning in 1991.

After several years of recovery, she traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas and to Greenland, where she become entranced by the subsistence culture of the Inuit hunters.

Ehrlich's work, including essays, short stories and poems have been included in many anthologies including "Best Essays of the Century," "Best American Essays," "Best Spiritual Writing," "Best Travel Writing" and "The Nature Reader."

UI alumna Brenda Hillman reads from her new poetry collection Nov. 12

Poet Brenda Hillman, an alumna and former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Practical Water," her new collection, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site,

Her subject in this is water: Taoist water, baptismal water, water from the muses' fountains, the practical waters of hydrology from which we draw our being -- and the stilled water in a glass in a Senate chamber.

Hillman is the author of seven collections of poetry and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, the editor of "The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood." Her work has been called eclectic, mercurial, sensuous and luminescent.

She serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry. A recipient of numerous awards, Hillman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Indian Student Alliance celebrates Diwali Nov. 14

The University of Iowa's Indian Student Alliance will host Diwali from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Main Lounge and Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Widely known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali is one of the largest South Asian festivals of the entire year. It is a time of communal unity and happiness, during which people celebrate the victory of good over evil in a vibrant and colorful atmosphere.

Last fall over 750 people attended the festival, which is one of the largest diversity events on campus.

Festivities will include a catered Indian meal from Taj Mahal of Cedar Rapids from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Lounge, and will feature a range of cultural acts from classical Indian music to modern Bollywood dance led by students, local dance troupes and renowned Diwali performers.

The first 200 student tickets are for sale for $10. Reserved seating tickets are $25 and general admission tickets are $15. All tickets are available for purchase at the IMU Box Office or by calling 319-335-3041. For more information, see


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