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May 3, 2010

At A Glance

UI pharmacy students named to national honor society

Twenty-two University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students were inducted as members of the Rho Chi Society at a ceremony held April 16 in Iowa City. Established in 1922, the Rho Chi Society is a national academic honor society recognizing excellence among pharmacy students.

The UI pharmacy students were Lisa Beers, Martin Bruck, Esther Chung, Maranda Connop, Courtney Creary, Elysha Elson, Sarah Farndale, Alex Hangartner, Nathan Harold, Chelsea Hartman, Grace Kim, Daniel Kraft, Ya-leng Lin, Andrew Noda, Sarah Petersen, Kevin Roeder, Rachel Rypel, Nicholas Stumpf, Cucnhat Walker, Nathan Walleser, Elizabeth Webb and Jessica Whalen.


Textbook buyback starts May 4

The University Book Store will be offering textbook buyback at its store location in the Old Capitol Town Center Tuesday, May 4 through Saturday, May 15.

The first 200 customers will receive a $10 iTunes gift card. Free parking is available in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp for students selling their books at the University Book Store. Students can also sell their books at Mayflower, Hillcrest, or Burge dormitories starting on Tuesday, May 11.

For a complete list of textbook buyback locations and times and to look up the value of a textbook, visit


Talib Kweli to replace Wale for May 4 show at the University of Iowa

SCOPE Productions has announced that Wale will be unable to perform Tuesday, May 4 at the Iowa Memorial Union due to personal illness. Talib Kweli will be replacing Wale for this show, which begins at 8 p.m.

Girl Talk will be performing the show as planned.

Talib Kweli is known for his albums "Eardrum," "Right About Now," and "The Beautiful Struggle" as well as collaborations with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common,
?uestlove and Mos Def.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored for this show. If you are interested in a refund, you will need to contact the location of original purchase before show time on May 4. SCOPE apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information, see contact marketing director Carly Susral at 319-335-3395, or the University Box Office, 319-335-3041.


Exhibit of drawings by Darfuri children at Center for Human Rights starts May 5

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a display of drawings done by Darfuri refugee children in Chad, starting on Wednesday, May 5, in the lobby of Room 1120 University Capitol Centre in the suite where the UICHR’s office is located.

The majority of these drawings depict attacks on villages in the western Sudan region of Darfur by Sudanese government forces and their allied armed gunmen, referred to as the Janjaweed militia. This exhibition will offer a view into Darfur based on the experiences of Darfuris themselves.

There is potential that the International Criminal Court, a permanent tribunal to prosecute crimes like genocide, will use these graphic illustrations of the children’s depictions of violence in the trials of the accused, according to UICHR officials.

The drawings are on loan to the UICHR from Waging Peace, a UK-based human rights organization that campaigns against human rights abuses and genocide in Darfur.  

UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI.

For more information, contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.


Stories from a 3.5-Year trip around the world May 5

Andy Stoll, a media producer, social entrepreneur and University of Iowa alumnus from Iowa City, will share insights and stories from his extensive world travels at noon Wednesday, May 5 at the Congregational Church located at 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. This Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon is catered by Mama’s Deli. Reservations are required.

Stoll recently completed a 3.5-year solo, independent trip around the world through 37 countries in an effort to better understand how people live in the world. He will tell stories and share one of his discoveries: Americans don’t travel like people from much of the rest of the world. Stoll thinks that only through altering this part of our culture will Americans be able to rebuild the country’s image abroad.

For reservations, call Sharon Benzoni at 319-335-0351 or send a form with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242.  Reservations are $8 for members and $9 for non-members and must be received by noon Tuesday, May 4.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies.


UI Kantorei explores 'The Elements' in May 8 concert

Kantorei, the most select vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will explore "The Elements" in a free concert with the University Choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in Iowa City's Congregational United Church of Christ.

Ancient theories shared by Greek, Chinese, Babylonian, Hindu, Buddhist and Japanese cultures posit the existence of four basic elements -– fire, earth, water and air –- as the basic building blocks of the world around us, and the Kantorei program will reflect those theories.

The program, led by graduate-student conductor Matthew Erpelding, will feature "Der Feuerreiter" (The Fire-Rider) by Hugo Distler, "A Földhez" (To the Earth) by Lajos Bardos, "Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae" (Song of the Maritime Calamity) by Jaakko Mantyjarvi, "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" by Eric Whitacre and, finally transcending the elements, "Faire is the Heaven" by William H. Harris.

Under the direction of graduate student Trevor Loes, the University Choir will perform works by Pachelbel, W.A. Mozart, Jacobus Handl, Whitacre, John Rutter, James Fritschel, F. Melius Chriansen and Jester Hairston.


Public invited to intergenerational singing jam May 11 at The Englert Theatre

The public is invited to the Third Annual Intergenerational Springtime Singing Jam at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at The Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

The Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center’s Voices of Experience chorus will join forces with three youth percussion ensembles under the mentorship of Mary Cohen, assistant music education professor, to provide this jam, which is free and open to the public. University of Iowa student Rose Schmidt helped create the program. Cohen has a joint appointment in the UI Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The ensembles involves almost 100 youth in fifth through eight grades from Robert Lucas Elementary Orff ensemble in Iowa City, Beat for Peace Iowa Drum Ensemble from Roundy Elementary in Columbus Junction, and Shere Khan, a middle school ensemble from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

During the 75-minute concert, a diverse array of singing and music will be shared, including everything from “C Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington to “Dagaati Vugbe,” drumming from the Togo and Ghana region, and “Irish Medley,” arranged by Teena Chinn.

City Channel 4 will tape the program for rebroadcast at later dates. Visit for details.

For more information, call 319-356-5221 or 319-356-5220.


Robert Hass presents free reading May 14

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, in conjunction with receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Iowa, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14 in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website:

Hass was a visiting faculty member in the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1995 when he was selected U.S. Poet Laureate, a post he held from 1995 to 1997. He returned to the UI to teach in 2002-03, 2004 and 2006-07.

He won the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for "Time and Materials." He has also won the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the William Carlos Williams Award, and he has twice received the National Books Critic Circle Award. His first book, "Field Guide," earned the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1973.

In 1989 Hass became professor of English at the University of California-Berkeley, and he was named Educator of the Year in 1997 by the North American Association on Environmental Education. He is a chancellor of the Academic of American Poets.


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