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April 12, 2010

At A Glance

Morrow's Emmy for 'Bill' on display in UI Main Library

The Emmy Award that Barry Morrow received for writing the 1981 TV movie "Bill" is now on display in the University of Iowa Main Library in the special collections area on the third floor. Morrow, an award-winning screenwriter who worked at the UI from 1974 to 1981, gave the Emmy to the university earlier this year.

Included as part of the Emmy display is a video loop that contains selected clips from the acclaimed documentary "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story," produced and directed by 1990 UI graduate Lane J. Wyrick. The film will be shown in its entirety at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center as part of the second annual Bill Sackter Day. Other Sackter Day festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. that day at Wild Bill's Coffee Shop in North Hall on the UI campus.

The special "Bill" Emmy display and video loop in the UI Main Library were made possible in part by gifts to the UI Foundation from Richard S. and Jeanne M. Levitt of Des Moines, Iowa, and Eileen S. Schmidt, of Greenwich, Conn.


Diversity Catalyst awards to be given April 21

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will celebrate University of Iowa's distinctive and innovative diversity contributions at the 2009-10 Diversity Catalyst Award Reception 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

This year’s Diversity Catalyst Award recipients include:
--Thomas A. Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, individual award.
--Theodore J. Patton, co-president of the Iowa Student Bar Association, individual student award.
--REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes), program/department award.
--Engineers Without Borders, student organization.
--Helen Park Jameson, Office of International Students and Scholars, individual diversity practitioner.

The keynote address “At Home in the World: Creating Synergy between Multicultural Education and Globalization” will be given by Dr. Nicole Nisly, interim chief diversity officer and associate vice president.

For information about the Diversity Catalyst Awards see or contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 319-335-0705.


Poets Rawson and Nadelberg read April 21 in Prairie Lights

Minnesota poets Joanna Rawson and Amanda Nadelberg, a student in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from their work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" National Poetry Month event will be streamed live and archived on the UI's Writing University Web site,

Rawson's recent book is "Unrest," published more than 10 years after her first collection, "Quarry," winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry.

Nadelberg is the author of "Isa the Truck Named Isadore." Using a catalog of 63 first names as her starting point, she constructed a series of poetic portraits.

Her poems have appeared in journals including Jubilat, the Canary, Octopus, No, Conduit, Tarpaulin Sky, McSweeney's Sestinas, Poetry Daily and Unpleasant Event Schedule.


Lecture about literary authorship and theater in 18th century France is April 22

Lorraine Piroux, associate professor of French at Rutgers University, will give a talk titled “Between a Hieroglyph and a Spatula: Literary Authorship and Theater in Eighteenth-Century France” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.  This event is free and open to the public.

Piroux received her doctorate from Northwestern University.  She is the author of “Le Livre en trompe-l'oeil ou le jeu de la dédicace (The Book as a Game of Dedication): Montaigne, Scarron, Diderot” (1998); “Moins que livres  (Less than Books): An Essay on Illegibility” (2010).

Most recently, Piroux’s work has focused on the relationship between literature and the formal conventions of the printed book.

Sponsors include the UI Department of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium and UI International Programs.

Piroux will also speak during a brown bag lunch seminar on the topic of Diderot’s “Ceci n’est pas un conte (This is not a tale)" from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, also in Room 315 Phillips Hall.  This seminar will be conducted in French.

For more information, contact Roland Racevskis at or 319-335-2252.


Recreational Services offers lifeguard certification course starting April 23

The University of Iowa Recreational Services will again offer a lifeguard certification course starting Friday, April 23, from 5-10 p.m. in the UI Field House Pool.

This six-day course includes Red Cross certification in lifeguarding, CPR for the professional rescuer and first aid. Prerequisites include being able to swim 500 yards continuously with rhythmic breathing and being able to surface dive 10 feet for a brick. The cost is $100 for UI students and $115 for non-UI students.

The dates are April 23, 24, 25 and 30, and May 1 and 2, though the times for each session vary. For more information visit or to register contact Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.


Nicholas Walker is guest for Bass Day at the UI

Nicholas Walker, double bass, will present a free recital for the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the Riverside Recital Hall, and he will also be the guest in the UI Bass Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24 in the Music West Interim Building.

On Friday Walker and pianist Gabriel Shuford from Luther College will perform "Luminescence" by Dana Wilson, Walker's arrangement of selections from Robert Schumann's "Dickterliebe," Air ("on the G String") by J.S. Bach, Walker's arrangement of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and Walker's "A Grease Fantasy," including reworkings of the hits "Hopelessly Devoted" and "The One That I Want."

Creating a fantasy from "Grease," is part of Walker's quest to share the sound of the bass with a larger audience, using popular music in the way that many classical composers have created thematic fantasies.

Walker, a faculty member at Ithaca College, has been described as a musical omnivore who brings a broad range of experience to the double bass -- classical and jazz, modern and baroque, solo recitals and ensembles large and small. For example, he toured for two years with saxophone legend Illinois Jacquet. Learn more at


Brown bag lunch focuses on Iowa Valley Scenic Byway icons April 24

The University of Iowa's Office of the Stage Archaeologist will offer an open house and presentation about historic characters of the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Belle Plaine Area Museum.

At noon, Peter Hoehnle of the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council will describe some of the characters, including: Native American leaders, a great magician, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, gunfighters killed in a shootout at the OK Corral, the co-inventor of the computer, an opera star, baseball players, the creator of Nancy Drew, a gender barrier-breaking scientist, abolitionist John Brown, and the Mormon handcart pioneers.

The public is encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to the free event.

Six maps prepared by the OSA will illustrate the natural, cultural, historical, archaeological, scenic and recreational features of the byway, which runs along the Iowa River through Tama, Benton and Iowa counties. The UI is gathering input to promote and improve the byway, and attendees are invited to suggest sights, stories and people that may be of interest.

For more information, visit or, or contact Peter Hoehnle, 319-622-3264,, or Lynn Alex, 319-384-0561,


Fine Arts Council sponsors Riverbank Art Fair April 24-25

The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council will hold the Riverbank Art Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. The fair will be held from near the Lagoon Shelter House and between the Hancher Auditorium complex and the Theatre Building, where the show has been traditionally held prior to the flood of 2008.  

More than 70 artists will exhibit and sell their original work in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, drawing, metal, glass, jewelry, fiber and more. Food vendors will also be at the fair.

Several noted artists will show and sell their work, including Robin Paul, a non-traditional stained and fused glass artist. She has created two projects for the popular HGTV show "That's Clever!" from glass, copper pipe and in wood frames.

John Gaps III, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 will also show his work. Gaps was a staff photographer for the Associated Press for 17 years, covering wars around the world.

The Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge will be the alternative location in case of rain. For more information, see or contact Lily Allen-Duenas or Makinze Meiners of the Fine Arts Council, 319-335-3393.


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