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Nov. 6, 2009

At A Glance

Lecture and week of events focus on human trafficking, slavery

Geneva Campus Ministries has teamed with other campus ministries to present a series of events from Sunday Nov. 8 to Thursday, Nov. 12 called "Jesus, Justice, & Poverty: STOP the Traffic" focusing on human trafficking and bonded slavery worldwide.

The events include John Richmond giving the Geneva Lecture, "Human Trafficking: A Modern-Day Challenge" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 11 in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Richmond, a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice Domestic Division, formerly worked for the International Justice Mission, where he fought bonded labor in Chennai, India.

Other events include an art exhibit and reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, the Justice Chain Gang interactive demonstration Tuesday to Wednesday, Nov. 10-11, a film night Tuesday, Nov. 10 showing the movie "Trade" and a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 11 with College of Law faculty. On Thursday, Nov. 12, the week will conclude with worship, music, and a message about human trafficking at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

For a listing of all events, see For more information contact the Geneva Campus Ministry, 319-341-0007 or

University of Kansas artists Hughes and Bottorff present UI guest recital

Violinist Tami Lee Hughes and pianist Ellen Bottorff, guests of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The all-American program will feature the Jazz Suite by David Baker, "Bingham's Cotillion" by 19th-century composer/bandleader Francis Johnson, Five Violin Solos by George Morrison, "Mixed Feelings" by Ozie Cargile and "S.L.I.C.E." by Chad Hughes.

Hughes, a faculty member at the University of Kansas, has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Orchestra, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Opera Orchestra and the Emerald Sinfonietta. Her solo career has taken her across the United States, including appearance with the National; Monroe, Mississippi; and Pontiac-Oakland Symphony Orchestras.

Bottorff is highly sought after as a collaborative artist in the professional community. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada, performing on live radio broadcasts, regional and national conventions, competitions, recital series and cruise ships. She is also on the faculty at the University of Kansas.

Update: Writing University will record and archive Nov. 12 reading by David Plouffe

The University of Iowa Writing University Web site at will record and archive a reading by David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama's win in the Iowa caucuses, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Englert Theater in downtown Iowa City. The live event, presented by Prairie Lights, is a ticketed event.  Two tickets are available at
Prairie Lights with the purchase of one book. This event was previously publicized as free and open to the public.

Plouffe's book is "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory." For two years Plouffe worked side by side with Obama, charting the course of the campaign.

His is the ultimate insider's tale, revealing both the strategies that delivered Obama to office and how the candidate and campaign handled moments of great challenge and opportunity. Moving from the deliberations about whether to run at all, through the epic primary battle with Hillary Clinton and the general election against John McCain, Plouffe showcases the high-wire gamesmanship that fascinated pundits and the drama and intrigue that captivated a nation.

Prior to running the Obama campaign, Plouffe served as a leading Democratic Party media consultant from 2001 to 2007, playing a key role in the election of U.S. senators, governors, mayors, and House members across the country.

Poster artist Jim Sherraden explores the history of 'Hatch Show Print'

Jim Sherraden, chief designer and archivist of Hatch Show Print, will explore "Hatch Show Print: 130 Years of Letterpress" in a free University of Iowa Center for the Book event at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Tippie Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Hatch Show Print is a one-of-a-kind letterpress poster and design shop located in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 1879, Hatch is still printing and designing more than 600 jobs a year, using the original wood type found on countless posters advertising carnivals, circuses, and vaudeville and minstrel shows. The shop is historically best known for it's country music posters, and since 1992 it has operated as a non-profit division of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Recent Hatch Show Print customers include B.B. King, Neil Young, Coldplay, Shania Twain, the Kings of Leon, the Dead and Alan Jackson. Design customers include the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Golf Digest, Anthropologie, Nike and Taylor Guitars.

Sherraden's visit, which includes two day-long workshops, is co-sponsored by the Art and Art History and Communication Studies. For more information visit

Ratner to discuss human rights lawyering in law school lecture

Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a lawyer for Guantanamo prisoners, and author of "The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld," will discuss his work as a human rights activist during a discussion at the University of Iowa College of Law on Friday, Nov. 13.

Ratner's lecture begins at 12:40 p.m. in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. His discussion will focus on the role that risk-taking and litigation have in protecting and extending fundamental rights.

TKE, Men's Anti-Violence Council co-host White Ribbon Campaign dinner Nov. 15

A turkey dinner fundraiser to raise funds to stop violence against women will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St. in Iowa City. The event is co-hosted by the Men's Anti-Violence Council at the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) and the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity on the UI campus. Proceeds will go to the Iowa City Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) and the White Ribbon Campaign.

DVIP has been providing safety, shelter and resources to survivors of domestic violence for over 27 years. For more information, visit

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest men's anti-violence organization in the world. A man wearing the white ribbon is making a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. For more information, visit

The Men's Anti-Violence Council (MAC) is an opportunity for men to get involved in preventing violence. For more information, visit

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at WRAC, 130 N. Madison St., or at 319-335-1486 or by contacting the fraternity at

University Lecture Committee presents author Chris Abani Nov. 16

Best-selling Nigerian author Chris Abani will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

The talk, sponsored by the University Lecture Committee, is free and open to the public.

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At 16 he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. Abani, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, is also a renowned poet and a musician.

Abani's bestselling novel, "Graceland," about an Elvis impersonator in Lagos, Nigeria won the Hemingway/PEN Prize. His other works of fiction include "The Virgin of Flames," "Becoming Abigail," and the award-winning "Song For Night," about a child soldier who has lost his voice. All three were each named a New York Times Editor's Choice.

In his lectures, Abani talks about the need for storytelling, and discusses the role of art and literature in serving a just cause, and their roles in defending human rights and championing democracy.

Author Dave Eggers said Abani may be the most courageous writer working now.

For more information visit, or see

UI Symphony Band performs Nov. 18

The University of Iowa Symphony Band, under the direction of Richard Mark Heidel, will be joined by trumpet faculty member Amy Schendel and graduate-student conductors Michael D. Hart and Carter Biggers in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The band will perform "Early Light" by Carolyn Bremer, Symphony No. 2 by Frank Ticheli, Serenade in E-flat by Richard Strauss, "Sunrise at Angel's Gate" by Philip Sparke, "Rose Variations" by Robert Russell Bennett, Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Songs by Dmitri Shostakovich and "National Emblem" by Edwin Eugene Bagley.

Schendel joined the UI School of Music faculty this fall. She has held positions with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2001 she was the featured guest soloist with the Indiana University Orchestra as the winner of the Indiana University Brass Concerto Competition and she has also won trumpet positions with the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own," and the United States Air Force Ceremonial Band.

Read Heidel's bio at

Iowa City writer Larry Baker reads at Prairie Lights Nov. 19

Iowa City author Larry Baker, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, will read from "A Good Man," his new novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 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,

Baker's protagonist, Harry Ducharme, is at the end of his rope. Booze and bad decisions have taken him from the A-list of talk-radio fame down to a tiny cinder-block station in St. Augustine, Fla. He talks, mostly to himself, not sure anybody is listening, reading books and poetry that he likes, playing golden oldies from the '60s and wondering how he got there.

Then everything is changed in the midst of a hurricane by the arrival of a mysterious visitor who prophesies a New Child of God. Harry's role in the New Child's arrival eventually becomes intertwined with politics, Iraq, 9/11, old-time religion and classic American literature from writers including Flannery O'Connor and Emily Dickinson, as well as the music of Harry Chapin.

Baker's previous novels are "The Flamingo Rising," which was adapted by Hallmark for a TV movie, and "Athens, America."


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