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Sept. 17, 2009

At A Glance

Registration still open for four UI Senior College classes

The University of Iowa Senior College, sponsored by the UI retiree and emeritus faculty associations with support from the UI Alumni Association, still has openings for four fall classes.

"International Literature at UI" will meet 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-27, Room 202, Johnson County Senior Center to hear writers from eight countries read from and discuss their works.

"After the Deluge: Understanding Floods and Flood Mitigation" will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 7-28, Room 131, UI Pomerantz Center, led by UI professor Greg Oden, computer science and psychology, and Lola Lopes, emeritus professor of management.

"Current Issues in Sustainability: The UI Commitment" will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1-22, W128, UI Chemistry Building, led by Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability.

"Human Rights as Cultural Struggles" will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Oct. 20 to Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 (no class Nov. 10), at the University Athletic Club, led by Rex Honey, professor of geography and international studies.

Courses are open to all retirees and senior citizens. Registration is $30 per course. To register or learn more, call 319-335-3244 or 800-469-2586 or visit

Amber Tamblyn reflects life in Hollywood in Sept. 22 reading

Actress and spoken word artist Amber Tamblyn will read from her new collection of poems and prose about life in Hollywood, "BANG DITTO," in a free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 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:

Tamblyn is known for her television role as "Joan of Arcadia" and for her film appearances in "The Ring," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "The Grudge 2." Her most recent work includes a co-starring role in the new film "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" with Michael Douglas.

Her many TV roles include "The Unusuals," "Without a Trace," "CSI: Miami," "The Twilight Zone," "Boston Public," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "General Hospital."

She is also the author of the poetry collection "Free Stallion." Learn more at

Learn to make lace with Osher Institute beginning Sept. 23

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa is offering a course on tatting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 23 through Oct. 28, in Room 2520B of the University Capitol Centre, in Old Capitol Town Center.

Tatting is the art of making lace using two simple and inexpensive crafting supplies: a spool of thread and a hand-held shuttle. Learn the history of tatting, basic knots and how to decipher a tatting pattern. The course fee is $45 for Osher Institute members and $60 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.

IWP Cinematheque presents Groyon's 'Namets!' Sept. 23

The International Writing Program's Cinematheque series continues with a free event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Room E105 of the University of Iowa Adler Journalism Building.

Philippine fiction writer, poet, essayist and filmmaker Vicente Groyon will introduce the 2008 film "Namets!", for which he wrote the screenplay.

"Namets!" means "delicious" in the llonggo language. The film, directed by Jay Abello, follows the ongoing flirtation between Manuel and Lourdes, two chefs whose lives revolve around food. Along the way viewers are introduced to the cuisine and eating idiosyncrasies of the Philippine island of Negros.

Groyon is a two-time winner of the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award and the editor of a number of anthologies and collections of Filipino fiction. "Namets!" is one of his four produced screenplays, and he has also directed short films. He participates in the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Bios of all the IWP writers are accessible at

UI student shares insights on headscarf debate in Turkey Sept. 24

Kate Karacay, a University of Iowa doctoral student, will speak from experience and research in a lecture titled "The Headscarf Debate in Turkey: Intersecting Private Lives and National Identity" from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Seminar Room 2520D in University Capitol Centre.

The lecture, sponsored by the Middle East and Muslim World Studies scholarly group in UI International Programs, is free and open to the public.

Karacay has undertaken graduate research in Turkey uncovering issues surrounding the country's significant human trafficking problem. As a graduate student in 2006, she was instrumental in lobbying for Iowa's first human-trafficking law. In 2008, Karacay was awarded the Phillip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award, presented by the UI Human Rights Committee to a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights.

Currently enrolled in the Social Foundations of Education doctoral program in the UI College of Education, with an emphasis on international education, Karacay's research interests are gender and cultural identity in education, particularly in traditionally Muslim societies, and human rights education.

For more information on Karacay, visit

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call 319-335-2026.

Entry forms due Sept. 25 for 2009 Homecoming Parade

Entry forms for the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade are now available at all HyVee locations in Iowa City and Coralville, the Iowa City Public Library, and online at

The theme for Homecoming 2009 is "Black and Gold Never Gets Old." Campus departments, organizations, affiliates and groups in Iowa City and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the parade, which begins at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, in downtown Iowa City.

Entry forms can be submitted to the University Box Office, located on the first floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, no later than Friday, Sept. 25. Complete rules and fees are detailed on the forms.

Iowa City streets will be busy and closing early on Friday, Oct. 9, to accommodate the parade route and staging areas. For more information, contact Homecoming Parade coordinators, Laura Walczynski,, and/or Chelsea Harrison,

IWP writers Kang and Kim read in the Shambaugh House Sept. 25

Two International Writing Program (IWP) participants from South Korea -- novelist and essayist Kim Do Eon and fiction writer Kang Youngsook -- will be featured in a bilingual reading with refreshments at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Shambaugh House at 430 N. Clinton St. on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kang made her literary debut in 2002 with the short story collection "Shaken," and two more collections have followed. For her full-length novel, "Rina," which was serialized in the quarterly Literary Joongang, she received the 39th Hankook Ilbo Award. She is attending the IWP through the support of Arts Council Korea.

Kim made his debut with the short story "Scenes Along the Stream with Iron Stairs," which won the Daejeon Ilbo literary contest in 1998. The following year he won the Hankook Ilbo literary contest with "Boy Meets Girl." He has since published a novella, three short story collections and the novel "This Much Trivial Melancholy." He participates in the IWP through the support of the Korea Literature Translation Institute.

Biographical sketches of all the IWP writers are accessible at

Prescription drug drop-off, disposal event set for Sycamore Mall Sept. 26

Individuals are invited to bring expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs to a prescription drug drop-off event scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at The Nest parking lot at Sycamore Mall, 1500 Sycamore St., Iowa City.

The event is open to all residents of Johnson County.

Expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be collected for safe disposal away from landfills and domestic sewers to better prevent contamination of natural waters. An additional goal of the event is to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental ingestion associated with insecure, in-home storage of prescription medications.

Items that will not be accepted at the event include: needles/sharps, IV bags, oxygen tanks, nebulizer machines and thermometers.

The event is sponsored by the UI chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), ECO Iowa City, Iowa City Landfill & Recycling Center, Iowa City Public Library, American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists, The Nest of Johnson County, Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa City Police Department.

For more information, visit or call the Iowa City Public Library at 319-356-5200, option 5.

Hancher hosts dinner and dance with City Lights Orchestra Oct. 2

Hancher will present an elegant evening of dining and dancing featuring the City Lights Orchestra at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center Friday, Oct. 2. The black tie-optional event will feature a four-course meal prepared by Riverside Executive Chef Matt Meadows.

Under the direction of Rich Daniels, Chicago's City Lights Orchestra is a popular dance band performing a wide array of music from classic to contemporary. The band last entertained Hancher patrons following The Joffrey Ballet performance on the Hancher Green in summer 2007.

A cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner (vegetarian option available). Dancing gets under way at 8 p.m. Tickets are $68 from the Hancher Box Office, which is located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp.

To order tickets, call 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER, walk up to the box office between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays or order online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center.

Community seminar to focus on prostate cancer Oct. 12

"What's New in Treating Prostate Cancer" is the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the East Room (elevator "F" to eighth floor) at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Richard Williams, M.D., and Fadi Joudi, M.D., both of the UI Department of Urology, will discuss prostate cancer signs and symptoms, detection and post-diagnosis options.

The experts also will discuss minimally invasive treatment approaches and how UI researchers are testing a promising new vaccine that might allow the body's immune system to attack prostate cancer cells.

Register by calling 319-335-8886 or toll-free at 877-MEDIOWA, or online at

Additional information is available at


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