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Sept. 15, 2009

At A Glance

Student Legal Services presents 'Don't Get Busted' Sept. 16

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union, Student Legal Services at the University of Iowa will present "Don't Get Busted" a talk that will educate students about their rights concerning state and local criminal laws.

Greg Bal, supervising attorney for the Student Legal Services said more than 1,200 UI students were charged with alcohol and drug violations last year, and his presentation is aimed at those who don't want to become one of those statistics.

Bal will tell how students should behave when confronted by the police, as well as what their rights are and how to assert them. He will also emphasize the importance of not having any type of criminal record as many employers and graduate schools now ask for that information.

For the Sept. 16 presentation, UI Police Officer Brad Allison give a brief presentation on what the police look for in deciding whether a person should be charged or arrested.

For more information, contact Student Legal Services at 319-335-3276.

KHAK Radiothon will benefit UI Children's Hospital Sept 17-18

The 13th annual 98.1 KHAK Radiothon benefiting University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network, will air live from Iowa City Sept. 17-18, running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The 98.1 KHAK morning team, the Brain and Steele, will host the broadcast from the John Colloton Pavilion atrium on the first level of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

In the previous 12 years, the KHAK Radiothon has raised more than $1.4 million for patients and families at UI Children's Hospital.

To make a donation, call 1-800-456-2772. For more information, call Children's Miracle Network at 319-335-8484.

Beachy returns to Iowa City for Sept. 21 reading

Kyle Beachy, who taught in the 2009 Iowa Summer Writing Festival, will return to Iowa City to read from "The Slide," his debut novel, in a free event at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

"The Slide" features Potter Mays, who has just graduated from college and is dealing with separation issues galore. He has moved back into his parents' house while his girlfriend, Audrey, backpacks through Europe.

As the summer progresses, Potter remains oblivious to his parents obviously damaged marriage and makes an unfortunate and extremely ridiculous series of mistakes in his quest to prove his love.

Beachy received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he now teaches. His short fiction has appeared in Otium, The2ndHand and as a mini-book from featherproof books.

Mortenson to discuss 'UI: A Gated Community' at Sept. 23 lecture

Tom Mortenson will discuss "The University of Iowa: A Gated Community" from noon to 1 p.m. at a brown-bag discussion Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Jones Commons of the UI Lindquist Center. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Education and the Iowa Institute for Inequality Studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mortenson, who is an independent higher education policy analyst based in Oskaloosa, Iowa, is the publisher of Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY, a monthly publication about access to higher education. He is also senior scholar with The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.

He will discuss two important aspects of higher education in Iowa: low income participation rates, and how the share of those low income Iowans enrolled in the state's public universities ranks nationally.

Mortenson's policy research focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity with special concern for populations that are under-represented.

For more information, contact David Bills at 319-335-5366 or, or Judy Brewer at 319-335-5387 or

IWP writers discuss translation in Sept. 25 panel

Participants in the University of Iowa International Writing Program will discuss "Considering Translation/Writing Between Languages" in a free panel at noon Friday, Sept. 25, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.
The question: "In what ways has translating, or writing across more than one language, been important to literary thinking and/or creative process -- your own, or of an author you admire?" will be addressed by Welsh fiction writer Fflur Daffyd, Iraqi poet and editor Soheil Najm, Chinese fiction writer Lijia Zhang and fiction writer, poet essayist and filmmaker Vicente Groyon from the Philippines.

Daffyd recently published her first novel in English, after previously writing in Welsh. Zhang now writes in English after some of her works were banned in her homeland, and her work has been translated into several languages. Najm has translated work by Nikos Kazantzakis, Alasdair Gray, Ted Hughes and José Saramago and others into Arabic. Groyon has been the editor of several anthologies and collections of Filipino fiction.

Biographical sketches of all the 2009 IWP writers are accessible at


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