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Sept. 1, 2009

At A Glance

'Thursdays at the Figge' focuses on abstract art

University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) Director of Education Dale Fisher will present a "Thursdays at the Figge" art talk on Ad Reinhardt at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second St., Davenport.

Reinhardt, an abstract artist, critiqued the Abstract Expressionism movement and aimed to remove the presence of the artist in his work through minimalistic style. His work "Abstract Painting" is included in the UIMA's current exhibition at the Figge, "A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's 'Mural' and Modern Masterworks at the University of Iowa Museum of Art," on display through Dec. 31.

Admission to the Figge is free for UI students, faculty and staff who present their UI ID cards, UIMA donors who present their donor courtesy card, and Figge Art Museum members. The general public is also welcome at the event for regular Figge admission prices: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-12.

For more information on the UIMA visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima/. To learn more about the Figge, visit http://www.figgeartmuseum.org.

Blues and the Bible topic of 'Finding God at Iowa' forum Sept. 4

At the "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum, John Rapson, jazz composer, recording artist, and professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Iowa School of Music, will talk about the blues and scripture. The talk, "Suffering:  What the Blues and the Bible Have to Say," will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Using Thomas Moore's model of "Care of the Soul," he will present examples of how blues artists and biblical authors treat the subject of suffering.

The Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum series meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year.  Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on University and social issues. The series is sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.

For more information, or to be notified by e-mail of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or geneva@uiowa.edu.

Podcast: future of journalism, depression in seniors, school librarian shortage

The September 2009 edition of "Iowa Insights," a monthly podcast produced by the University of Iowa Office of University Relations, focuses on training communications professionals for the future, recognizing and treating depression in older adults, and addressing a shortage of school librarians.

David Perlmutter, the new director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, discusses how the school is responding to major changes in the media industry; Dr. Judith Crossett, a geriatric psychiatrist with University of Iowa Health Care, provides tips for maintaining emotional wellbeing later in life; and Jim Elmborg, director of the School of Library and Information Science, explains the need for teacher-librarians in schools across Iowa.

More information at http://news.uiowa.edu/iowa-insights/index.html.

UI Power Plant whistle temporarily out of service

The University Power Plant whistle will be out of service for a few days. UI facilities management is repairing a valve in the Power Plant the week of Aug. 31 and the steam line that supports the whistle will be down. Repairs are expected to be completed in four to five days. The steam whistle has been part of daily life in the area for 80 years, sounding at 8 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Sundays and holidays to mark the once official start and finish of the work day and lunch hour. In 1990, the university planned to stop the practice but was dissuaded by residents who asked the UI to continue what had become a long tradition. The whistle was out of service briefly in 1994 for maintenance and the entire summer of 2008 due to the summer's flooding.

New UI Press paperback interviews small-press publishers

"Against the Grain: Interviews with Maverick American Publishers," edited by former Iowa Poet Laureate Robert Dana, is available in paperback edition from the University of Iowa Press.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at http://www.uiowapress.org. Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group at http://www.eurospangroup.com/bookstore.

The book collects interviews with nine small-press publishers, each one characterized by strength of resolve and a dedication to good books. Reflecting the character of its founder, each press earned its own place in the select group of important small presses.

The publishers are: Harry Duncan (Cummington), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights), David Godine (David R. Godine), Daniel Halpern (Ecco), Sam Hamill and Tree Swenson (Copper Canyon), James Laughlin (New Directions), John Martin (Black Sparrow), and Jonathan Williams (Jargon Society).

Dana graduated from the UI Writers' Workshop and taught at Cornell College for 40 years. His work was awarded National Endowment fellowships in 1985 and 1993, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award in 1989 and the Pushcart Prize in 1996. His most recent collection is "The Other."

Andsager named John F. Murray Research Scholar

Julie Andsager, professor of journalism and mass communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the first John F. Murray Research Scholar.

Andsager, whose secondary appointment is in community and behavioral health, studies media framing and message processing about health. Her book, "Medicine and the media: Communicating health through news and entertainment," is slated for publication in 2011. Andsager co-authored "Free Expression in Five Democratic Publics" (2004) and "Self versus others: Media, Messages, and the Third-Person Effect" (2007).

Courses she has taught include quantitative research methods, media and health, gender and the media, and social scientific foundations of communication. Andsager is active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is an associate editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

The three-year appointment honors significant and sustained research or professional productivity and its public impact. The award is supported through the John F. Murray Endowment Fund, a gift to the university in 1945 from Bessie Dutton Murray in memory of her husband. Income from the permanent endowment fund is divided among the law, journalism and business schools for educational support, including student financial aid.

Bloom named Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar

Stephen G. Bloom, professor of journalism and mass communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named the school's first Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar.

Bloom is the author of "The Oxford Project," co-authored with retired UI art professor Peter Feldstein, which won awards from the American Library Association and the Independent Publishers Association of America. In 2000, he published "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," a national bestseller named to six newspapers' best-book-of-the-year lists. His latest book, to be released in November, is "Tears of Mermaids: The Secret History of Pearls," a nonfiction detective story that chronicles the social, political, economic and historic impact pearls have had on the world.  

Bloom teaches narrative journalism and magazine reporting and writing.

The 3-year appointment honors significant and sustained research or professional productivity and its public impact. The award is supported through the John F. Murray Endowment Fund, a gift to the university in 1945 from Bessie Dutton Murray in memory of her husband. Income from the permanent endowment fund is divided among the law, journalism and business schools for educational support, including student financial aid.


Porter article cited as best of the year

Katie Porter, University of Iowa professor of law, is a co-winner of the 2009 Editor's Prize, presented by the American Conference of Bankruptcy Judges for the best article to be published in the previous year's volume of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. The article, "Did Bankruptcy Reform Fail? An Empirical Study of Consumer Debtors," was written with six co-authors, including Elizabeth Warren of Harvard and Robert Lawless of the University of Illinois.

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