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April 1, 2010

At A Glance

Newton Road reopened after repairs

Newton Road in Iowa City, between Bowen Science Building and the University of Iowa College of Nursing building, reopened at 7 a.m. today, Thursday, April 1, after emergency repairs were made to a partially collapsed sewer line. Newton is now open to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.


UI Press publishes new book on prairie ecology

"The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States" by Chris Helzer is now available from the University of Iowa Press as part of the Bur Oak Books series.

Intended for landowners and managers dedicated to understanding and nurturing their prairies as well as farmers, ranchers, conservationists and all those with a strong interest in grasslands, Helzer's manual educates prairie owners and managers about grassland ecology and gives them guidelines for keeping prairies diverse, vigorous and viable.

Helzer is the program director for the Nature Conservancy's Eastern Nebraska Project Office, where he oversees the management and restoration of approximately 5,000 acres of conservancy-owned land as well as research and conservation programs for most of the eastern third of the state.

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:


UI hosts 'India: Exploring an Emerging Market' week of activities

The University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development (UICIFD), along with other sponsors, will present a series of events focusing on India, a dynamic emerging economy, beginning Monday, April 5.

A documentary "Together We Can," will be shown from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 5, in Room 125 of the Boyd Law Building. After the viewing, Meena Khandelwal, an associate professor of anthropology and gender, women?s and sexuality studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will talk briefly about the history and success of the Self-Employed Women?s Association (SEWA) in bringing Indian women together and increasing their status in the community and in the home.

Sarvjeev Sidhu, Chartered Financial Analyst and the global head of emerging markets for AEGON Asset Management, will discuss "Investing in India: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors" from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building.

A poster presentation, "India: Exploring an Emerging Market," will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 8th, in the Boyd Law Building Lobby.

For more information, contact Erin Nothwehr, UICIFD managing editor, at To view a complete schedule of events and sponsors, visit


Shields reads from controversial new book April 7

David Shields, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his controversial new book, "Reality Hunger: A Manifesto," at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 7, in the Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. The free reading will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Having just explored mortality in the genre-defying bestseller "The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead," Shields now issues an open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the 21st century.

With reality TV, YouTube and Facebook, Shields argues that our culture is obsessed with "reality" precisely because we experience hardly any.

Shields is the author of eight other books, including "Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity," winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and "Dead Languages: A Novel," winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.

His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, the Yale Review, the Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's and the Utne Reader.


UI Center for New Music returns from tour, welcomes Wisconsin ensemble

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) Ensemble will return from its spring tour to present a free performance -- with the Maia Quartet as special guests -- at 7:30 Sunday, April 11, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

One of the CNM tour stops was the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and they will welcome the University of Wisconsin New Music Ensemble to the UI for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

The CNM concert will feature "The Seven Seas" by Stas Omelchenko, a Clarinet Sonata by Michael Finnissy, "Erosion" by Matthew Dotson, Trio by Nicholas S. Omiccioli and a Clarinet Quintet by Magnus Lindberg, featuring the Maia Quartet and clarinetist Michael Norsworthy.

The Wisconsin musicians will perform works by works by Messiaen, Plog, Saariaho, Schwendinger and Silver.

For more information visit


Briggle performs Noel Coward tribute April 12

University of Iowa School of Music faculty Gary Briggle will present a free performance of "A Talent to Amuse," his affectionate tribute to iconic British playwright and composer Noel Coward, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall.

Briggle created the show with pianist/arranger Jamie Johns for a 2006 run at the Skylight Opera Theater in Milwaukee and it has been subsequently performed in several venues, including Ten Chimneys, the Lunt-Fontanne estate, where Johns played "the Coward Piano" in the drawing room.

Inspired by Coward's 1955 Las Vegas act, which he hoped would resurrect, his career and his bank account, "Talent to Amuse" is told completely in Coward's own words. Briggle hoped to provide a glimpse of "The Man behind the Mask of Celebrity," revealing the contrasts between his public persona and his private self.

Along the way, Briggle will sing some of Coward's "biggest hits," including "Uncle Harry," "The Stately Homes of England," "Nina," "Mrs. Worthington," "Someday I'll Find You," "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?", "Mad About the Boy," "If Love Were All," "Sail Away," "World Weary" and I'll See You Again."


Screening of 'The Wall' with director Ricardo Martinez set for April 13

A documentary about the fence built on the U.S.-Mexico border will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in Room 140 Schaeffer Hall on the University of Iowa campus. This event is free and open to the public.

In 2006, Congress passed The Secure Fence Act calling for construction of 700 miles of additional fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. This law generated vigorous debate among a wide spectrum of Americans from policymakers to citizens of border towns. "The Wall," documents the impact of constructing this border fence, including border residents' responses to having a fence built in their communities and, often, across their properties.

Following the screening there will be time for discussion with director Ricardo Martinez. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, assistant professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will moderate the discussion. Martinez is a graduate of New York University's Tisch Film School. He splits his time touring the country discussing "The Wall" and working as a television editor.

The Latin American Studies Program, part of UI International Programs, is sponsoring the screening.

For more information, visit: or contact Valerio-Jimanez at 319-335-2294 or


Iowa Brass Quintet presents free concert April 13

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature the Quintet, Op. 65, by Dutch composer Jan Koestsier; "Bouncer" by Texas composer Donald Grantham; Brass Quintet No. 2, "Scenes from Franklin County," by UI alumnus Joseph Blaha, featuring percussionist Meggie Aube; and "Suite Francaise" by Eugene Bozza.

The members of the Iowa Brass Quintet are Amy Schendel, trumpet; Edward Hong, trumpet; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba.

A native of LeMars, Blaha was in a well-known 1960's rock n roll band The Spectacle, which was inducted into the Iowa Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Post-band, Blaha got his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the UI. A faculty member at Roanoke College in Virginia, he has composed several award-winning pieces and his current project is a Broadway-style musical.


Recreational Services offers outdoor cooking class April 14

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering an outdoor cooking class from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.

As part of the UI's Touch the Earth program, this class will give participants ideas on how to cook on a one-burner backcountry stove.

All the supplies and instruction are provided; the cost is $20 for the session. Participants must register in advance at the Outdoor Rental Center.

Registration deadline is one week in advance. For further information please contact the Outdoor Rental Center 319-384-1225 or see


Artist/writer Sharon Bridgforth presents 'love conjure/blues' April 14

Artist and writer Sharon Bridgforth will present "love conjure/blues," a multimedia performance based on her novel, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Iowa City Public Library meeting rooms.

A pre-show reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a post-show discussion with Eileen Cherry-Chandler, theatre and film professor at Bowling Green State University, will begin at 8 p.m.

Bridgforth will also offer a workshop, "Community Dialogue: Transgressing Form," from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, 125 Grand Ave. Ct., Iowa City. A discussion and reception will begin at 6 p.m.

Bridgforth is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book "the bull-jean stories." She won the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize and is on the Campus Pride 2009 list of top 25 LGBT speakers, artists or activists.

Sponsors of the free, public events include: the National Endowment for the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, Land O'Lakes Foundation, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Rhetoric, Theatre and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the African American Studies Program and the LGBT Resource Center.

For more information on Bridgforth, visit


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