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March 18, 2010

At A Glance

Portion of Newton Road closed for construction March 19-22

Newton Road will be closed over the weekend to through traffic from just south of the Westlawn turnaround to just north of the Bowen Science Building loading dock beginning Friday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. through Monday, March 22 at 5:30 a.m.

The closure is necessary to repair chilled water valves. The Newton Road parking lot and ramp will be accessible approaching from the west on Newton Road. Cambus and Coralville Transit buses will be rerouted.


Poets Langan and Rosemurgy will read March 22

Steve Langan and Catie Rosemurgy will read from their new collections of poems at 7 p.m. Monday, March 22, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

Langan, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from "Meet Me at the Happy Bar" and Rosemurgy will read from "The Stranger Manual: Poems," which is narrated by an alter-ego named Miss Peach.

Langan is also the author of "Freezing" and "Notes on Exile and Other Poems." He is on the faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA program, and he is the primary investigator and facilitator of the Seven Doctors Project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Rosemurgy received her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Alabama, and she teaches at the College of New Jersey. She received a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Female Writers and recently her work has appeared in the anthologies "Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Young American Poets" and "Poetry 30," a collection of work by American poets in their 30s.


Osher course on end-of-life care begins March 25

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa is offering a six-week course on end-of-life care and services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 25 to April 29, in Room 2166 of the Medical Education and Research Facility, on the UI health sciences campus.

This course will provide a comprehensive review of end-of-life issues and services for individuals and family members.

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


Levy will address acceleration, information overload in 2010 Brownell Lecture

David M. Levy from the University of Washington will present the University of Iowa Center for the Book Brownell Lecture, "Head, Heart, and Hand: What the Arts and Crafts Movement Can Teach Us About Living Sanely in an Age of Acceleration and Overload," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Room 105 of the Adler Journalism Building, with a reception to follow. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Levy earned his doctorate in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from London's Roehampton Institute. For more than 15 years he worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he explored the transition from paper and print to digital media -- summarized in his 2001 book "Scrolling Forward."

A professor in the UW Information School since 2000-01, he focuses on understanding the roots of today's experiences of acceleration and overload and developing methods to address these problems.

The lecture is presented in appreciation of Frank Brownell and in memory of Nancy Brownell, friends and supporters of the UI Center for the Book.


TubaCOR presents guest concert for the UI School of Music March 25

TubaCOR, which was formed by Lin Foulk and Deanna Swoboda to commission and perform works for horn and tuba, will present a free guest concert for the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the University Capitol Centre (UCC) Recital Hall.

Foulk will also give a free presentation at 7:30 Wednesday, March 24, in the UCC Recital Hall on "Women in Music," exploring the history of women in symphony orchestras in the 20th century.

The event will include solo and chamber pieces for horn and tuba, and many works by female composers. Both performers have researched music by female composers and have unearthed many rarely performed pieces.

Foulk and Swoboda teach at Western Michigan University, where they are also members of the Western Brass Quintet. Foulk's solo disc, "Four Elements: Works for Horn and Piano by Female Composers" was released in 2004. Swoboda wrote, produced, organized and performed on the band recruitment DVD "Band Blast Off!" and her solo CDs for children are "Deanna's Wonderland" and "Tuba Tex: How the West was Fun."

They will visit the UI through the Ida Beam Distinguished Professor program.


M.C. Ginsberg, City TV, International Programs present 'WorldPrairie' March 26

"WorldPrairie," a University of Iowa-community collaboration, will feature a discussion with two individuals who have given back in unique ways from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, at M.C. Ginsberg, 110 East Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public.

This program, titled "International Study/Local Discovery," will bring together the experiences of the following two individuals: Gyorgy Toth, from Hungary, a UI doctoral candidate in American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Anne Campbell, founder of Confluence Tours, who organizes travel to discover global social issues. They will discuss how their experiences have caused them both to critically study culture and give back to the world in creative ways.

M.C. Ginsberg, City Channel 4 and International Programs at the UI present "WorldPrairie." The program takes place once a month on Fridays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at M.C. Ginsberg. The program will later air on Channel 4 and on UITV. The goal is to provide an evening of relaxed conversation focusing on different international issues and themes.

For more information, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433.


UI Camerata vocal ensemble performs free concert March 27

The University of Iowa Camerata vocal ensemble will present a free concert, combining sacred and secular literature, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the Congregational United Church of Christ at 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

With conductor David Puderbaugh, assistant conductor Joseph Durbin and accompanist Michael Schnack, Camerata will perform:
--"Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes," TWV 7:25 by Telemann.
--three works by by Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most prominent composer of 16th-century Spain.
--"Dixit Maria" by the late-Renaissance, early-Baroque German composer Hans Leo Hassler.
--the Missa brevis in F, Hob. XXII:1, by Franz Joseph Haydn.
--"Suitsupääsuke" by contemporary Estonian composer Ester Mägi.
--Four Slovak Folksongs by Béla Bartók.
--And "Lovers Love the Spring" from Three from Shakespeare by David C. Dickau, director of choral activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Camerata is a select ensemble that includes students from the UI as well as members of the community. Learn more at


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