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Nov. 17, 2009

At A Glance

UI Risk Management seeking post-flood photos of building contents

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students who took photographs of the contents inside impacted campus buildings immediately after last year's floods are encouraged to contact the UI Office of Risk Management.

Risk Management enlisted the help of dozens of UI employees after the flood to take detailed photos of building interiors and content for insurance purposes and as a result gathered thousands of images. However, the office is seeking to supplement its collection with any additional photos taken of content as part of or independent of that effort.

People who have photos they think may be helpful should contact Frank Nania at 319-384-1849 or, or Jacquie Albrecht at 319-384-2589 or

Davies wins grant to digitize Madurese folk tales

William Davies, professor of linguistics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received a $52,000 grant from the Toyota Foundation to record, digitize and make available online the folk tales of the Madurese, an ethnic group in Indonesia.

With a population of 7.8 million, the Madurese are the third-largest ethnic group in Indonesia. Currently there is almost no documentation of Madurese narratives.

The multimedia archive will be presented in Madurese, English and Indonesian. The collection will initially consist of about 40 stories, with the goal of adding more in the future. It will be housed within the UI Digital Library.

The stories provide scholars with insight into the Madurese language, society and culture, and the manner in which Islam was introduced on the island and incorporated into the existing belief system. The project will also provide a resource to the Madurese, a minority population with a history of oppression.

Students invited to enter 'Aging 360' photo contest

The UI Aging Studies Program is sponsoring an "Aging 360" photography contest for students, with cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for the top three winners.

Mercedes Bern-Klug, director of the UI Aging Studies Program, said older adults are frequently portrayed in stereotypic ways. The contest aims to offer a more complete view by capturing images of them in a variety of settings and situations. Photographs must include at least one person age 65 or older and will be judged on the basis of interest and emotional connection.

Bern-Klug, assistant professor of social work in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, noted that the holiday season provides many opportunities for students to explore what older adults are doing in their communities.

Each student may submit up to two 8-by-10 photos no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Winners will be announced in April, and the top entries will be displayed in Wild Bill's Coffeeshop in North Hall.

For contest rules and entry forms, visit

Wisconsin Brass Quintet will be guest of Iowa Brass Quintet Dec. 1

The Wisconsin Brass Quintet will perform as a guest of the Iowa Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Riverside Recital Hall (formerly St. Thomas Moore Church). The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will open with a set of early English tunes from the Elizabethan Concert Music arranged by Raymond Mase of the American Brass Quintet, followed by two works composed my members of the quintet: "Collage" by tubist John Stevens and "Civil War Relics" by hornist Douglas Hill. This montage of civil war tunes from both the north and south is set for two brass quintets, and the Iowa Brass Quintet fill out the ensemble.

The second half is all Shostakovich, featuring two works Stevens adapted for brass quintet.  The String Quartet No. 6 will be followed by an adaptation of the string quartet version of the well-known polka from "The Golden Age" ballet.

The Wisconsin Brass Quintet is a a resident ensemble of the University of
Wisconsin at Madison. The Iowa Brass Quintet is a resident ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music.

Free parking is available just across Riverside Drive in the Hancher lot.

Poet Rob Schlegel reads at Prairie Lights Dec. 3

Montana poet Rob Schlegel will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 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,

Schlegel's "The Lesser Fields" was selected for the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing. His manuscript "Iceblink" has been a finalist for the New California Poetry Series and the Nightboat Poetry Prize.

His poems and reviews have appeared in the Boston Review, VOLT, the Colorado Review, Pleiades, Octopus and other publications.

With Kisha Lewellyn, Schlegel edits the Catenary Press, publisher of limited-edition chapbooks dedicated to serial poems.

University Theatres Gallery series presents 'Yellow City' Dec. 3-6

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Yellow City," by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Jen Silverman, at 8 p.m. Dec. 3-5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Yellow City," directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Anthony Nelson ("The Book of Liz"), follows a group of 20-somethings as they literally navigate their way through a wasteland caused by a massive pandemic.  Left for dead and barricaded behind highly secured walls, they must travel to the other side of the imprisoned city to find the infamous "Yellow Man," who holds the secret to survival.

Silverman has seen her work produced at New Georges, the New York Stage & Film/ Powerhouse Theatre Company, the NYC International Fringe Festival, Fusion Theatre Company in New Mexico, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles.

She is a 2009 winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival, to be published in "Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 34th Series."

"Yellow City" contains adult material.

Admission to "Yellow City" will be $5 (free for UI students with a valid UI ID).

CAPS conference features emergent subjects in Asia and the Pacific Dec. 4

The UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) will host a conference "Speaking Across Borders: Emergent Subjects in Asia and the Pacific" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the International Programs Commons in the University Capitol Centre (UCC). The conference is free and open to the public.

UI graduate students from diverse disciplines related to East and Southeast Asia will exchange ideas, share their research and get to know others who are also working in Asia. Benjamin Darr, a political science graduate student whose research interest is China, and Eleanor King, a graduate student in anthropology whose focus is Japan, are conference organizers. Wenfang Tang, a UI political science professor and the new Stanley Family and Hua Hsia Chair of Chinese Politics, will deliver the keynote address.

This is part of CAPS' two-year, multi-activity project "Iowa and Asia: Toward an Enhanced Mutual Engagement" whose goal is to introduce Asia to Iowa's academic, business, education and socio-political communities, while also introducing Iowa to Asia by sending groups of Iowans to targeted Asian communities. UI International Programs funds the conference with gifts from the Stanley and Hua Hsia Foundations.

Contact Dongwang Liu, CAPS assistant director, at


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