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May 20, 2010

At a Glance

Trio of poets read at Prairie Lights May 21

Poets Arra Lynn Ross, James Cihlar and William Reichard will read from their work at 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Ross will read from her first collection of poems, "Seedlip and Sweet Apple"; Cihlar a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, will read from his first book of poems, "Undoing." And Reichard will read from "Sin Eater," his fourth collection of poems, which is also the final volume of a trilogy that opened with "How To" and continued with "This Brightness."

"Seedlip and Sweet Apple" probes the mind of Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker religion in colonial America. "Undoing" explores relationships, and how they come apart.

"Sin Eater" takes its title from a funeral rite practiced in England and Scotland that survived into the 20th century in Wales. The ritual was usually performed by a beggar hired to pray over the deceased while consuming a meal prepared by the family. This act of consumption, it was believed, would remove the sins from the dead person.


Response to H1N1 influenza pandemic to be discussed May 26

Loreen Herwaldt, M.D., hospital epidemiologist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will describe the recent pandemic of H1N1 influenza and discuss key features of the hospital's response to this challenge at noon Wednesday, May 26, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI campus.

Herwaldt is also a professor of internal medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine and professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health.

The free presentation also will be available via streaming video on the Web for participants who register in advance. Registration and program details are available at

The event is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health.


Registration deadline nears for carnival arts institute for teachers

Slots are still open for teachers and other life-long learners who are interested in gaining knowledge about the Caribbean Carnival arts, but the registration deadline is coming up soon.

International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa will conduct a summer institute titled "Caribbean Carnival Arts, Past and Present: Explorations in Community, Diversity, and Creativity within a Colonial and Post-Colonial Context." The seminar and workshop will be held June 14-18 in the IP Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. The institute is open to teachers and community members and offers for-credit and non-credit options.

The institute will present a social, historical and artistic introduction to the carnival arts in communities around the world where inhabitants from the Caribbean and Latin America now live. The institute's faculty facilitator is Loyce Arthur, a UI associate professor of theater arts, a costume designer and co-director of IP's Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program. Arthur is also a specialist in mask-making traditions, costumes and the Caribbean performance arts.

Those participating for credit must register by June 11; non-credit participants must register by June 4.

For more information, visit or contact Karen Wachsmuth at or 319-335-0345.


UI music therapy study for cancer patients invites participants

Adults age 18 and older who have cancer and their caregivers may be eligible to participate in a University of Iowa research study investigating the effects of music and music-based activities on mood, coping, social support and quality of life.

Study participants must currently be undergoing treatment for cancer or must have their last treatment appointment within 12 months of starting the study. Participants must also have a caregiver, either a family member or close friend, who is willing to participate in the study.

The study involves six 60-minute group sessions held twice a week for three weeks at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Sessions could include music-assisted relaxation, singing, playing instruments and songwriting. No previous musical experience or training is required.

Participants will record their level of stress, anxiety, pain, mood and quality of life before and after each session, and will complete additional forms about mood, social support and quality of life. Sessions are provided at no cost and compensation is available.

The study is funded by a $10,000 grant from the American Music Therapy Association.

For more information, contact lead researcher Abbey Dvorak at 319-356-4718 or


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