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Oct. 25, 2010

At A Glance

Robinson and Stewart join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members -- Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and critic Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters in the Department of English -- have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Members are celebrated for their cutting edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment and exemplary service to society.
A complete list of new members -- including former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; actor John Lithgow; CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour; cinema director Francis Ford Coppola; columnist David Brooks; actor, comedian and writer Steve Martin; actor and director Denzel Washington; and theologian Harvey Cox Jr. -- is available on the academy's website at:
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems.


Star 106 Radiothon raises $42,515 for UI Children's Hospital

Star 106-FM of Mason City raised $42,515 during its third annual Corporate Farmer Star 106 Radiothon, which broadcast live Oct. 20-22 from University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

The Star 106 broadcast team joined with UI Children's Hospital families and patients to share their stories of courage and hope.

All of the funds raised during the event will benefit patients and their families receiving care at UI Children's Hospital. UI Children's Hospital provides specialized care to more than 140,000 children annually.


Latino writer Soldán to speak at UI, read at Prairie Lights Nov. 1-2

Bolivian writer and literary scholar Edmundo Paz Soldán is visiting the Iowa City area Nov. 1-2 for two events, both free and open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 1, Soldán, a professor of Hispanic literature at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., will read from his work in Spanish at 5:30 p.m. at Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. He will read from two past books, "Desencuentros" and "Los vivos y los muertos," and fragments from his forthcoming novel "Norte."

Tuesday, Nov. 2, Soldán will present a lecture, in English, titled "A Latin American Writer in the U.S.A.: Three Postcards," at 4 p.m. in the International Programs' commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. He will speak about his experiences as a Latin American writer living in Alabama, Berkeley and Ithaca, and the complexities of articulating himself as a Latino. Soldán will also talk about his desire for Spanish to become part of the literary language in the United States.

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, International Programs, Prairie Lights and the UI Departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Ana Merino at or 319-335-2244.


Two Indonesian natives discuss 'Unity in Diversity' Nov. 2

Some Americans know Indonesia as the country where President Obama lived as a boy, others know it as a tourist paradise with astonishing biodiversity and others know almost nothing about it.

Two Indonesian natives will speak about the vast diversity of their country during "Indonesia: Unity in Diversity" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre. The talk is free and open to the public.

Ari Natarina, a Fulbright language teaching assistant from Bali, and Sudirman Hasan, a Fulbright researcher in religious studies from Malang, East Java, will give the presentation.

The event is part of "Images of the Muslim World," a series of public discussions, lectures and film screenings illustrating the diversity of the Muslim world and focusing on culture, religion, society, geography, politics and history. Speakers include local and visiting scholars and writers who give illustrated talks about a particular region, country or topic within the Muslim world. Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population.
The UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies, African Studies Program and UI International Programs are sponsoring these events. 
For more information, visit or contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.


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