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Oct. 29, 2009

At A Glance

Wilcox Frazier wins Online Journalism Award for documentary

Photographer and University of Iowa alumnus Danny Wilcox Frazier won an Online Journalism Award for his documentary, "Driftless: Stories from Iowa."

The documentary focuses on the hardships of rural life in Iowa, with segments on migrant labor, a country butcher, a town bar, the future of family farms, and a "jumping rock" where young people hang out. The black-and-white piece, produced by Frazier and New York-based MediaStorm, has been collecting attention and accolades across the country.

The Online News Association, a professional organization for professional digital journalists, announced the awards this month at a banquet in San Francisco. Judges praised Frazier's camera work and appreciated the richness, restraint and dark humor of his work.

Frazier is a full-time freelance photographer. He advises student photographers at The Daily Iowan on a part-time basis. Frazier earned a graduate degree from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a unit in the college of liberal arts and sciences, and has taught photography in the J-school.

PLEASE NOTE: this documentary contains graphic images and language. It is available at

Online journalism class seeks students' photos for '100 Hours Project'

Online journalism students are leading a documentary photography project to reflect life on and around the UI campus during a 100-hour period Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

The class will do most of the photography but is asking fellow UI students to submit photos and videos shot on or near campus in that time window. The deadline is Nov. 5. Quality can range from cell phone shots to professional-level work. The photographer's name and caption information are required.

Megan Dial, managing editor of the 100 Hours site, said the project's success hinges on student participation. Photos will be filed under categories such as academic life, leisure and nature with a target publication date of Nov. 12.

Instructor Greg Johnson said the project teaches students how to publish a news site and utilize the interactive quality of the Web. Johnson participated in a similar project for former UI president Hunter Rawlings' annual report in the 1980s. He now teaches in the school of journalism and mass communication, a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Megan Dial at or 319-541-6912, or visit

New work from the UI Electronic Music Studios will be presented Nov. 1

The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios (EMS) will celebrate Electroacoustic Music Month with a free presentation of new works by EMS director Lawrence Fritts and students including Shane Hoose, Jason Gregory, Zach Zubow and Ju-Hye Kim at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Electroacoustic Music Month is a project of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), national organization of composers, performers and music teachers. Electroacoustic music is a term used to describe those musics that are dependent on electronic technology for their creation and/or performance. Learn more at

EMS has been part of the composition program at the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. By offering a traditional emphasis on the compositional aspects of electronic media, the studios have helped prepare UI graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges and universities. More information is available at the EMS Web page,

IWP writer to share experience from factory worker to journalist Nov. 4

Lijia Zhang, a participant in the 2009 International Writing Program (IWP) from China, will speak on "'Socialism is Great!': From Rocket Factory Girl to International Media" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, during an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council luncheon at the Iowa Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The cost is $8 for members and $9 for non-members. Catering is by Taste of China. Reservations are due by noon Monday, Nov. 2. People can also RSVP to or call 319-335-0351. Sponsors include Mike Margolin and MidWestOne Bank.

Now a writer, journalist, social commentator and a TV show host, Zhang spent a decade in the 80's working in a Nanjing factory that produced intercontinental missiles capable of reaching North America. To escape from the repressive routine, she taught herself English. Her journey from a disillusioned worker to an organizer in support of the Tiananmen Square demonstrators illuminates the sea-changes sweeping China in the reform era. Zhang will discuss her book, her personal experiences of change in China over the past three decades and her thoughts on China's position in the world.

For more information on ICFRC, part of University of Iowa International Programs, visit

UI College of Education sponsors 'LGBT Issues in the Schools' panel Nov. 5

An "LGBT Issues in the Schools" panel discussion will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of Iowa Main Library on the UI campus. The UI College of Education Diversity Committee sponsors the panel.

The panel discussion, which is part of a class in the UI College of Education for future educators, is also free and open to the public.

High school and college students, parents and teachers will share their experiences and discuss creating safe, inclusive schools.

Will Coghill-Behrends, UI College of Education Diversity Committee co-chair, will facilitate the panel discussion. He said that the ability to make learning accessible to all children in a classroom is a skill teachers must possess when leaving the UI. He added that future teachers as well as current faculty and staff will benefit from hearing about the challenges faced in school by these individuals.

For more information or special accommodations to attend, call Coghill-Behrends at 319-335-5353 or

For more information on the UI College of Education Diversity Committee, see

'Live from Prairie Lights' features Writers' Workshop alumna Dora Malech Nov. 5

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Dora Malech will read her poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

Her debut collection is "Shore Ordered Ocean," and a second collection, "Say So" will be published next year.

Malech has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale University, a Truman Capote Fellowship from the Writers' Workshop, a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award and a Writer's Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy.

Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Poetry London and the Yale Review. Through an ongoing UI exchange program she taught at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, New Zealand.

She is also a teacher and visual artist. Visit her Web site at

UI Composers Workshop presents new compositions in concert Nov. 8

New music by students in the University of Iowa Composers Workshop will be performed in a free event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall (on the first floor of the Old Capitol Town Centere in downtown Iowa City).

The concert will feature Aaron Perrine's "Flow" for alto saxophone and piano, Daniel Roeder's "Entities" for a sextet of wind and string instruments, Zachariah Zubow's "Disorient" for saxophone quartet, Matthew Dotson's Study for Violin and Daniel Houglum's "Intercessions II" for soprano saxophone and fixed electronic media.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the school of music and director of the Center for New Music. The main showcase for student composers in the school of music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester.


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