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Nov. 20, 2009

At A Glance

Snyder to discuss 'North Korea and 6-Party Talks' at Dec. 1 ICFRC

Scott A. Snyder, an adjunct senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will discuss "North Korea and the 6-Party Talks" at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council noon luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 1. The talk will be held at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The cost is $8 for members and $9 for non-members. Catering is by Masala Indian Cuisine. Reservations are due by noon Monday, Nov. 30, or e-mail an RSVP to or call 319-335-0351. Blank & McCune, The Real Estate Company, and Winebrenner Red Carpet Travel, are community sponsors, and the National Security Network is a co-sponsor.

Snyder will discuss what security challenges North Korea presents to the United States and its allies as well as shed more insight into the 6-party talks.

Snyder is also senior associate in the international relations program of The Asia Foundation and Pacific Forum CSIS, and is based in Washington, D.C. His latest monograph, "China's Rise and the Two Koreas: Economics, Politics, Security" will be published by Lynne Rienner in 2009.

For more information on ICFRC, a community organization affiliated with International Programs at the University of Iowa, visit


UI Department of Dance presents new student choreography Dec. 3-5

The University of Iowa Department of Dance will present a program of new choreography by graduate and undergraduate students at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 3-5, in the Space Place Theater of UI North Hall.

The program will feature Jennifer Weber's "Will you? Yes, Maybe, I don't know....I do!", Amy Barr-Holm's "Conversations With Becky," Lydia Phillips' "Fruition," Johanna Kirk's "The Second Story," Krista Mills' "more and more I catch myself daydreaming," Jiaxi Li's "Dimensional Current," "Worms" by Amy Barr-Holm and Kevin Schroder, and Keely Glenn's "Inscribing Dreams."

The works were chosen in adjudication by faculty members Eloy Barragan, Charlotte Adams and Karen Burns.

The event is free for UI students with a valid UI ID. For nonstudents, tickets are $12 ($6 for senior citizens and youth). Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher Box office, 319-335-1160 or 1-800-Hancher, For advance walk-up sales, the box office is located on the ground floor of the Old Capitol Center, next to Sweets & Treats. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.


UI faculty member Stephen Bloom reads from his new book Dec. 4

University of Iowa journalism faculty member Stephen G. Bloom will read from "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

Bloom traveled 30,000 miles to trace a single pearl, from the moment a diver off the coast of Australia scoops an oyster from the ocean floor to the instant a woman on the other side of the world fastens the clasp of a strand containing the pearl from that mollusk.

He chronicles the saga of the global pearl trade by gaining access to clandestine outposts in Japan, China, the Philippines, French Polynesia and Australia.

Bloom farms for pearls in rural China, goes behind scenes at million-dollar auctions in Hong Kong, trails pearl brokers and Internet entrepreneurs in Asia, hires himself out as a deckhand on an Australian pearling vessel and goes backstage at Christie's for the auction of the most expensive pearl ever sold.

Bloom wrote "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," and co-authored -- with UI art faculty member Peter Feldstein -- "The Oxford Project."


Old Capitol Museum continues 'History Time' Dec. 5

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will continue its "History Time" program Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The program features stories about Iowa history geared towards children ages 3 to 10. UI museum studies students will read the stories. The free public readings will be held in Old Capitol's Supreme Court Chamber and will be followed by crafts or other activities.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


UI Center for New Music features guest violist and mezzo-soprano Dec. 6

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM), under the direction of David Gompper, will be joined by two guest artists -- violist Natalie Cruden and mezzo-soprano Ann Cravero -- in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More church).

Cruden will be featured in the Cadenza for viola solo by Krzysztof Penderecki, and Cravero will join the CNM ensemble for "Fallen Eve: Five Songs after Hughes" by Geoffrey Gordon, a composer-in-residence at the Aaron Copland House, and "now again - fragment from 'Sappho'" by Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands. The program will also include "Raw Item" by Brazilian composer Marcos Balter.

Cruden, an Iowa City native who studied with UI faculty member William Preucil, was a founding member of the Eastman Baroque Strings, principal violist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and a faculty member at Grinnell College.

Cravero, a UI alumna, has performed on stages in Italy and throughout the United States. She was district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition, and received honorable mention for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. She is now a faculty member at Drake University.


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