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Nov. 17, 2010

At A Glance

'Fossil Guy' returns to UI Museum of Natural History Nov. 20

Dinosaurs that just ate their veggies will be featured when Don Johnson, the “Fossil Guy,” returns to the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in Macbride Auditorium to host his popular educational program for children. The event is free and open to the public.

Johnson’s presentation, “Veggiesauruses Large & Small,” will show how the Edmontosaurus, Maiasaura and Parasaurolophus were adapted for chewing food and explain why some of these creatures had horns and spikes. Event participants will be able to touch real fossils, including teeth, claws and even an egg. People are invited to bring in any questions and enjoy this autumn’s final “Fossil Guy” program.

For more information on the Museum of Natural History visit or call (319) 335-0606.


Old Capitol Museum to host popular screen-printing workshop on Nov. 20

Bring an old T-shirt to the University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum Saturday, Nov. 20, for the second screen-printing workshop, back by popular demand. The free workshop is a part of the museum’s current exhibit, “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Supreme Court Chamber. 

Old Capitol Museum staff and Maggie Yocius, UI studio art alumna, will lead participants in an easy and fun screen-printing technique to make prints on a piece of clothing brought from home or on printing paper provided by the museum. The family-friendly event will also feature activities for children and families while their screen-prints are drying.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited so participants are asked to register by calling 319-335-0548.

For more information on the Old Capitol Museum and its current exhibit, “Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest,” visit


Story-time Explorers to scout 'Foxes' at UI Museum of Natural History Nov. 21

Children and families are invited to a story-reading featuring fox tales at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.  Museum staff will read stories about these purportedly sneaky creatures in Mammal Hall. Following the storytelling, children will be able to complete a themed craft.
The reading is part of the Museum of Natural History’s monthly Story-time Explorers Series, which includes readings and activities that allow elementary-aged children and their families to explore animals and environments around Iowa and the world.

The last reading of the fall semester will feature the “Ice Age” on Dec. 19 in Iowa Hall.
All Story-time Explorers’ events take place at the UI Museum of Natural History and begin at 2 p.m. They are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
For more information about the Museum of Natural History, visit


UI Writers' Workshop student Chuculate reads at Prairie Lights' Nov. 29

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop student Eddie Chuculate will read from his short-story collection, "Cheyenne Madonna" in a free event at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Prairie Lights Books. The Writing University website,, will stream and archive this "Live from Prairie Lights" reading.

The seven interconnected stories trace the painful self-discovery of Jordan Coolwater, a half-Cherokee youth attempting to escape his Trail of Tears family's alcoholism, poverty and racism.

The first story in the collection, "Galveston Bay, 1826," won an O'Henry Prize in 2007, and the second, "Yo Yo," received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. His stories, which have appeared in Manoa, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, the Blue Mesa Review, Many Mountains Moving and the Kenyon Review, have drawn favorable comparisons with Denis Johnson, Junot Diaz and Sherman Alexie.

Chuculate is a Creek and Cherokee Indian from Muskogee, Okla. He has a degree in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is the second Native American to have held the Wallace Stegner fellowship at Stanford.


Visiting intermedia artist Kurtz presents free lecture Dec. 1

***Note - This event has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Friday, December 3 in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

Steven Kurtz will present a free lecture, "Fear and Cultural Production," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library.

Kurtz is a founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble performance-art group and is internationally renowned for his work in bio-art and new media.

He gained celebrity in 2004 following his arrest on bioterrorism charges that were downgraded to mail fraud and eventually thrown out. His artwork and legal ordeal, along with the complex issues they raise, were the subject of the 2007 film "Strange Culture," starring Kurtz, Tilda Swinton and Peter Coyote.

Critical Art Ensemble has exhibited projects examining issues surrounding information, communications and bio-technologies at museums and other cultural institutions for more than two decades.

Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble are the recipients of many awards, including the Andy Warhol Foundation’s 2007 Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant and the 2004 Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation. The collective's writings have been translated into 18 languages.

Kurtz's visit is co-sponsored by the School of Art and Art History, Graduate Art Congress, Student Assembly Budgeting and Allocating Committee, Institute for Cinema and Culture, Communications Studies and the Museum of Art.


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