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Jan. 13, 2010

At A Glance

Public invited to King Distinguished Lecture Jan. 19

The public is invited to hear Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture at the University of Iowa from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The free lecture, titled "Educating Leaders in Health Care for the 21st Century," will be held in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A Medical Education and Research Facility, at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

From a child leader in the Civil Rights Movement to recognition as one of the "10 Best College Presidents"" by Time magazine, President Hrabowski is widely acclaimed for his efforts to recruit and guide under-represented minority students to careers in science, math and engineering.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture is sponsored as part of UI Health Care's Celebration of Human Rights 2010, Jan. 15-22. For a full listing of events, visit, or for more information call 319-384-2952.


'A Legacy for Iowa' exhibition held over for second time at Figge

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will extend "A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's 'Mural' and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art," its first exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, on an ongoing basis.

This marks the second time the exhibition has been extended. It had been slated to close Aug. 2 but was extended through 2009. "Legacy" contributed to a 10 percent increase in attendance for 2009, said Dan McNeil, Figge director of development.

Admission to the Figge, located at 225 W. Second St., is free for UI students, faculty, and staff who present their university ID cards, UIMA donors who present their donor courtesy cards, and Figge members. The general public is also welcome for regular Figge admission prices: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-12.

The Figge Art Museum, Iowa's oldest art museum, is an encyclopedic museum with more than 4,000 works of art in its collection, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present. The three-year-old museum building was designed by Stirling Prize-winning British architect David Chipperfield. For more information visit

For UIMA information, visit or call 319-335-1725.


Iowa's First Lady Mari Culver to speak at UI Jan. 21

Iowa's First Lady Mari Culver, founding attorney at Duncan, Green, Brown and Langeness, a mother and an advocate for women and children, will speak at the University of Iowa to discuss her advocacy work beginning at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Boyd Law Building (BLB) on the UI campus.

Her talk is sponsored by the Citizen Lawyer Program of the UI College of Law, and co-sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center at the UI and the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff. Though geared toward law students, the talk is free and open to the public. The talk will include a question and answer period and an informal reception.

Culver, who is also a UI alumna, receiving her juris doctorate from UI in 1990, will speak to law students and share advice on how to live their lives as attorneys, family members and community activists.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the talk, contact Linda McGuire, 216 BLB, 319-335-9755 or


UI Alumni Association hosts Discussions of Color Roundtable Jan. 21

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) will host a Discussions of Color roundtable from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Pappajohn Business Building.

The UIAA is seeking UI alumni to share their stories, lessons learned, suggestions for success after graduation at the event, which is intended support minority students through meaningful dialogue and relationship building. Topics will include past and current minority student issues, use of campus resources, professional development, and the importance of supporting one another, both on campus and as alumni.

The UIAA will also host informal sessions Jan. 21 about the UI's progress and plans regarding minority student recruitment, support and retention. These sessions include: Academic, Scholarship, and Campus Involvement Opportunities, 2-3 p.m. Phillips Hall; Alumni Seeking Iowa Students Today program, 3:15-4 p.m., Pomerantz Center; Pomerantz Career Center's Diversity Outreach Efforts, 4:15-5 p.m., Pomerantz Center.

The gatherings are being held being held during Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights week and in conjunction with the campus-wide Community of Color event, 3-6 p.m. Jan. 21 in Currier Hall.

All events are free of charge. For more information and alumni registration, see or contact Christina Wright at 319-335-2311 or


UI Center for New Music presents the Strike Duo Jan. 26

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a free concert by the Strike Duo -- pianist Jeffery Meyer and percussionist Paul Vaillancourt -- at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will be: the "China West Suite" for marimba and piano by Chen Yi; "Sacred Trees" by Luther College's Brooke Joyce, who was inspired by Iowa's Effigy Mounds; "Soft Stillness and the Night" by Daniel Koontz; and "Tight Sweater (Remix)" by Marc Mellits, rearranged for the Strike Duo.

Vaillancourt is director of percussion and contemporary ensemble activities at Columbus State University in Georgia. He has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Sound Symposium Music Festival, with the National Arts Center and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras, with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra and the CSU Wind Ensemble. He is the principal timpanist for the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Meyer is the director of orchestras at Ithaca College, as well as the founding artistic director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia. In 2008-09 he became artistic director of the Water City Chamber Orchestra in Wisconsin.

For additional information visit


Deadline to apply for RVAP training is Jan. 27

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, Feb. 8 to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Since training classes are limited to 12 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible. The application deadline is Jan. 27.

After successfully completing the agency's 32-hour training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.

Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victim/survivors. Volunteer advocates take calls from home, and scheduling is flexible.

If interested in applying, contact Katryn Duarte at RVAP, or at 319-335-6001. For more information or to learn about other volunteer opportunities, visit


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