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Jan. 15, 2010

At A Glance

University Book Store ready for spring semester

The University Book Store, located in the Old Capitol Town Center, is ready for the start of spring semester classes. Students can purchase textbooks in the store or online at

During the first few weeks of the spring semester, some services such as merchandise returns will be offered at a temporary location on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center next to the School of Music. Students who ordered textbooks through the bookstore's Web site and requested in-store pickup can go to the second floor location.

Textbook buyback will be in the second floor location from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 21 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

A full selection of Hawkeye apparel and gifts will return to the book store in the Old Capitol Town Center in early February, but can be purchased at or at the Iowa Hawk Shop in Coralville.

Computers, licensed software, and selected technology products are available at the bookstore's Tech Connection on Old Capitol Town Center's first floor.

For more information and store hours see or call 319-335-3179.


Physics and faith topic at Geneva Lecture Jan. 26

Professor Stephen M. Barr will speak on "Modern Physics and Ancient Faith" at the next University of Iowa Geneva Lecture 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the University of Iowa, Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Barr is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Bartol Research Institute at the University of Delaware.

According to Ed Laarman, director of the Geneva Campus Ministry, Barr will argue that the conflict between science and religion has been a conflict between scientific materialism and religion, and that the science versus religion myth is based on an outdated view of scientific history and a skewed interpretation of what science has actually discovered. Barr will discuss five great discoveries of 20th Century science, saying that they are more consonant with traditional Jewish and Christian understanding of the cosmos and of human beings than with materialist philosophy.

For more information, contact Laarman at 319-341-0007 or For more information on Geneva Campus Ministry, see


UI Writers' Workshop graduate Jerald Walker reads from memoir Feb. 1

Jerald Walker, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Redemption," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Walker's narrative traces his life through delinquency, crime, drug use, family tensions and tragedies, racial conflict and religious angst, finally coming to terms with himself and the world around him.

Walker was born in a Chicago housing project and raised by blind parents of modest means but middle-class aspirations. A boy of great promise whose parents and teachers saw success in his future, he seemed destined to fulfill their hopes. But by age 14, like so many of his friends, he found himself drawn to the streets. By 17 he was a school dropout, a drug addict, and a gangbanger, his life spiraling toward the violent and premature end all too familiar to African-American males.

The story is told in alternating time frames, describing the journey that Walker took to become the man he is today: a husband, father, writer and a faculty member at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.


UI alumnus Joshua Ferris reads from new novel at Prairie Lights Feb. 2

Fiction writer Joshua Ferris, an English and philosophy alumnus of the University of Iowa, will read from his new book, "The Unnamed," at 7 pm. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI Writing University Web site,

The "unnamed" of the title is an odd syndrome that afflicts Tim Farnsworth, a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. He loves his wife, his family, his work and his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day, as if under the power of unseen forces, he stands up and walks out -- and keeps walking until he collapses from exhaustion. And then he does it again, and again, and this strange compulsion threatens to destroy all that he values.

Ferris's first novel, "Then We Came to the End," won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and it was a National Book Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, "Best New American Voices," "New Stories from the South," Prairie Schooner, and the Iowa Review.


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