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March 19, 2010

At A Glance

UI master's program in urban and regional planning hosts open house March 25

The University of Iowa Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning will host an open house starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol building on the UI Pentacrest.

Charles Connerly, director of the UI Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning, will give an overview of the two-year master's degree program, three alumni will discuss their jobs and careers and a panel of current students will discuss their experiences in the program. Refreshments with students and faculty will follow in the program's Jessup Hall location.

Planners are concerned with issues such as affordable housing shortages, urban sprawl, neighborhood revitalization and traffic congestion. Areas of specialization include economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, geographic information systems (GIS) and transportation.

Students in the program come from all undergraduate majors, and graduates secure jobs in government, private consulting firms and non-profit organizations.

For more information, visit or call 319-335-0032.


UI Center for Human Rights hosts 'The 800 Mile Wall' film screening March 25

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will host a film screening of the documentary "The 800 Mile Wall" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

"The 800 Mile Wall" is a documentary that highlights the construction of new border walls between the U.S. and Mexico and the effect these walls will have on migrants trying to cross into the U.S. The film deals with the thousands of deaths of Latin American migrants and what many believe to be a failed U.S. border strategy that violates fundamental human rights. One of filmmaker John Carlos Frey's goals is to bring awareness of the unsafe conditions immigrants face while crossing into the U.S.

A discussion panel will follow the screening featuring Omar Valerio-Jimenez, a UI assistant professor of history and Claire Fox, a UI associate professor of English, both in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UI law student, Laura Lunn.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, see

The Center for Human Rights is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information, visit or contact Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or


Law school's annual LawLawPalooza concert set for March 25

LawLawPalooza XVII, the University of Iowa College of Law's annual rock concert to benefit public interest law students, will be held Thursday, March 25 at the Blue Moose tap, 211 Iowa Ave., from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. All proceeds will go toward funding summer grants for law students working unpaid summer internships in public service. The grants allow students the opportunity to do public service work and still be able to pay rent and other basic expenses.

Nine acts will take the stage, performing a variety of musical genres from flute-driven trip hop to old style folk rock. Included in the line-up is Johnny & the Spitballs, a group of Iowa Law alumni who performed at the first LawLawPolooza and are reuniting. For more information e-mail


Old Capitol Museum's 'History Time' looks at frontier foods March 27

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will continue its "History Time" program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, with readings related to frontier foods. The free public readings will be held in Old Capitol's Supreme Court Chamber.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about what kinds of food were eaten by travelers on the Oregon Trail and how food was preserved without modern conveniences. Readings will be followed by crafts and other activities that are directed towards children ages three to 10.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


University Choir performs free concert March 28

The University Choir, one of the major choral ensembles of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concertat 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church).

With conductor Scott Allison, assistant conductor Trevor Loes and accompanist Michael Schnack, the choir will perform:

--"Ecce sacerdos magnus" by Anton Bruckner, featuring Jonathan Allen, Bonnie Varga and Laura Westfall, trombones; and faculty member Gregory Hand, organ.
--Four settings of the Lamentations text "O vos omnes" by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Carlo Gesualdo, Jan Dismas Zelenka and Pablo Casals.
--"Dixit Dominus by Jan Dismas Zelenka, featuring soprano Stephanie Eck, alto Clara Osowski, tenor Nicholas Harbeck and bass Jared Poland; violinis
Cameo Jong and Bonnie Brown, violist Diana Mayne, cellist Brett Alkire, bassist Christine Gebler, trumpeters Peter Gillette and Geoff Wood, organist Michael Schnack and timpanist Timothy Maguire.
--Der Tanz and "Die Geselligkeit (Lebenslust)" by Franz Schubert.
--"Jede sedlák" arranged by Jaroslav Krcek.

University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50 to 60 singers, primarily composed of undergraduate students. They combine with the University Symphony Orchestra to perform two major works each year. Learn more at


UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Beachy-Quick will read March 30

Poet, essaying and critic Dan Beachy-Quick, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Beachy-Quick's poetry collections include "North True South Bright" (2003); "Spell" (2004); "Mulberry" (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for poetry; and "This Nest, Swift Passerine" (2009). He is also the author of "A Whaler's Dictionary" (2008), a collection of linked essays responding to Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."

His poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Parnassus: Poetry in Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Colorado Review, Volt and Conduit.

His work has been supported by the Lannan Foundation. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Colorado State University.

Read a review of his latest collection at and


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