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Nov. 30, 2009

At A Glance

Discussion of 'The Yellow Wall-Paper' is Dec. 2

A brown-bag lunch discussion of the short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper" will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Room 2032 of the University of Iowa Main Library.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a 19th century writer, was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health and wrote the story as a challenge to the medical profession and the relationship between science and society.

Mary Trachsel, associate professor of rhetoric, will lead the free, public discussion.

In addition, a related National Library of Medicine exhibit, "The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and 'The Yellow Wall-Paper,'" is on display Nov. 30 to Jan. 9 at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

Copies of the short story are available on reserve at the Main Library and Hardin Library. The story also is online at

For more information, contact Ed Holtum at 319-335-9154 or, or Kären Mason at 319-335-5068 or


First European Studies Conference looks at 'Europe 20 Years after the Fall'

The European Studies Conference "Memories and Visions: Europe 20 Years after the Fall" will be Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4, and features lectures, panel discussions and films that explore past and present situations connected with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Most events take place in Room 315 Phillips Hall and are free and open to the public.

The conference begins with a screening of "Das Leben der Anderen" ("The Lives of Others") at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 100 Phillips Hall and ends with an exclusive preview of the film "The Power of the Powerless" at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Konrad Jarausch of the University of North Carolina will deliver the keynote address, titled "Germany 1989: A New Kind of Revolution?" at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Other conference highlights include panel discussions on topics including sexuality, architecture, urban identity and German relations with post-colonial Africa.

For more details, visit: The European Studies Group is part of International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa. IP and the UI Departments of History and Cinema and Comparative Literature sponsor the conference. For more information, contact Michel Laronde at 319-335-2264.


UI alumnus Geoffrey G. O'Brien reads his poetry Dec. 10

Poet Geoffrey G. O'Brien, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the UI Dey House.

O'Brien's books include "The Guns and Flags Project," "Green and Gray" and the collaborative "2A," and his work has appeared in many journals, including American Letter & Commentary, the American Poetry Review and Ploughshares.

"Green and Gray," published in 2007, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was recommended as "a gem of poetic invention" for its gentle meditations on the enigmas of being, perception and meaning.

O'Brien has been the Distinguished Poet in Residence at St. Mary's College of California and he is now the Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.


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