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Oct. 8, 2009

At A Glance

Monsanto Fund supports UI bone, marrow transplantation program

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa has received a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company.

The grant will be used to help renovate the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program unit and support the program's research faculty and patient care staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Ted Crosbie, Ph.D., Monsanto's vice president for global breeding, presented the gift Oct. 8 at the UI in memory of Gary D. Arthur, former president of Holden Foundation Seeds and Monsanto in Williamsburg, Iowa.

The gift, which was made through the UI Foundation, will help address the needs of patients and families, who often remain in the unit for up to six weeks while undergoing transplantation and recovery. Roger Gingrich, M.D., Ph.D., UI oncologist, directs the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program.

Visit the Monsanto Fund at

UI Press book examines the French Revolution's impact on Molière

"Molière, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife" by Mechele Leon, part of the award-winning Studies in Theatre History and Culture series from the University of Iowa Press, is now available.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

From 1680 until the French Revolution, when legislation abolished restrictions on theatrical enterprise, a single theatre held sole proprietorship of Molière's works. After 1791, his plays were performed in new theaters all over Paris by new actors, before audiences new to his works. Both his plays and his image took on new dimensions.

In "Molière, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife," Leon demonstrates how revolutionaries challenged the ties that bound this pre-eminent 17th-century comic playwright to the Old Regime and provided him with a place of honor in the nation's new cultural memory.

Leon, a faculty member at the University of Kansas, has published essays in French Historical Studies, the European Studies Journal, Theatre Journal and L'Autre au XVIIIème siècle.

Hancher's Hot 8 Brass Band performance moved to IMU Main Lounge

The forecast looks dicey at best, so Hancher is moving the Sunday, Oct. 11 performance by the Hot 8 Brass Band from the University of Iowa Pentacrest to the Main Lounge in the Iowa Memorial Union. The free performance is still scheduled for 2 p.m. Seats will be provided at the IMU.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early because seating at the IMU is limited.

The Hot 8 Brass Band will still march in the UI Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 9, and will perform on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Krause Family Plaza at Kinnick Stadium at 3:15 p.m.

UI Center for New Music presents the Unison Piano Duo Oct. 17

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert by the Unison Piano Duo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall (

The program will be Three Tangos for piano four hands by UI School of Music faculty member Michael Eckert, Variations by UI music alumnus James Romig, "Waves of Stone" by Luther College faculty member Brooke Joyce, "Double Helix" by Texas Southern University faculty member Daniel Adams, "Presto Furioso" by recent University of Northern Iowa graduate Danny White and the Concerto for two pianos by Igor Stravinsky.

The Unison Piano Duo is the Chinese husband and wife team of Du Huang and Xiao Hu, who have served on the piano faculty of Luther College since 2001. The duo has performed in numerous concert halls in Europe, Asia and America, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York and they have performed numerous concerts in Czech Republic as part of the Vysocina Music Festival and the South Bohemia Music Festival. Live performances by the duo have been broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television.

Learn more at

IWP writers Groyon and Rao read at Prairie Lights Oct. 18

Filipino fiction writer, poet, essayist and filmmaker Vicente Garcia Groyon and Indian poet Mani Rao, who lives in Hong Kong - both in residence this fall in the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) -- will present a free reading at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Prairie Lights Books.

Groyon, a faculty member at De La Salle University in Manila, is a two-time winner of the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award and he is the editor of a number of anthologies and collections of Filipino fiction. He has written four film scripts and has also directed several short films. He participates through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Rao, who is in her second stint with the IWP, is the author of seven books of poetry. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and many anthologies, with translations published in seven languages. Her multimedia work can be seen on

The biographies of all the 2009 IWP writers are accessible at

Lawrence Sutin reads from his first novel on Oct. 19

Lawrence Sutin, known for his nonfiction books, will read from his first novel, "When to Go Into the Water," in a free event at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

Spanning more than two centuries, the novel follows fictional writer Hector de Saint-Aureole and his novel, and includes imaginary responses from his imaginary readers.

Sutin is the author of "All Is Change: The Two Thousand Year Journey of Buddhism to the West," two biographies (Philip K. Dick and Aleister Crowley) and two memoirs, "Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance" and "A Postcard Memoir." He teaches at Hamline University and Vermont College.

His writing awards include a Loft-McKnight grant, a Midland Writer's Award, a Minnesota Book Award, and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire of France. He was the Hamline Teacher of the Year in 1992 and a National Teacher of the Year in 2005.

UI co-hosts alumni networking lunch Oct. 22

At the next Des Moines Alumni Network lunch, Thursday, Oct. 22 alumni from Iowa's three public universities will be challenged to get engaged in leadership roles at the local, regional, and state level.

Bob Frederick, director of Career Services at the University of Northern Iowa and recent graduate of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Leadership Iowa Program, will speak at the lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Champps Restaurant and Bar, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines.

The alumni associations of Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa are organizing these career-themed networking lunches that focus on building community leadership.

RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 15 at Cost is $10 for UI, ISU, and UNI Alumni Association members; $12 for non-members.


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