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Oct. 28, 2010

At A Glance

Adjmi and Leach win Whiting Writers' Awards

David Adjmi and Amy Leach, products of two of the writing programs in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are among the 10 recipients of the 2010 Whiting Writers' Awards. The $50,000 awards were announced during an Oct. 27 ceremony in New York City.

This award recognizes 10 young writers for their extraordinary talent and promise and is one of the most coveted prizes for up-and-coming writers. Among the many past UI winners are Michael Cunningham, Justin Cronin, Jorie Graham, Stuart Dybek, Denis Johnson, Mark Levine and Yiyun Li.

While Adjmi was a student in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the Department of Theatre Arts, University Theatres Mainstage produced a script he developed at the UI, "Strange Attractors," which then went on to professional productions. His subsequent work has been produced at the Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Leach, who earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Nonfiction Writing Program, is an essayist who focuses on the natural world. A collection of her writing, "Things That Are," will be published in 2012. She teaches writing in Chicago and plays fiddle in a bluegrass band.

Learn more at


Riverside boy, 11, is Kid Captain for Michigan State game Oct. 30

Brock Beinhart, 11, son of Amy and Bryan Beinhart of Riverside, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain when the Iowa Hawkeyes host Michigan State Saturday, Oct. 30, at Kinnick Stadium.

Brock was born with a birth defect in which the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped. He underwent three open-heart surgeries at UI Children's Hospital -- at 2 weeks old, 6 months old and at age 4 -- that successfully corrected the problem. Today Brock is healthy and enjoys baseball and fishing.

More information and a video about Brock are available at

Saturday will be an extra special day for the Beinhart family -- it's Brock's 12th birthday.

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will receive a commemorative jersey and have their individual stories told throughout the football season.


OWI enforcement operation announced for Iowa-Michigan State game

University of Iowa Police want to inform Hawkeye fans that law enforcement officers will be staffing an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) enforcement area during Saturday’s football game against Michigan State University at Kinnick Stadium.

The enforcement operation will be set up at Elliott and Hawkins Drive.

Additionally, because the game takes place a day before Halloween, fans should be aware of special guidelines if they decide to wear a costume. The following items are prohibited in or around Kinnick:

* Weapons, simulated weapons or other props
* Authentic-looking law enforcement uniforms
* Player or game official uniforms that, based on the sole discretion of authorized law enforcement personnel, are so authentic in appearance that the wearer might be mistaken for an actual player or game official
* Any item that, based on the sole discretion of authorized law enforcement personnel, poses an apparent safety or security threat to people attending the game

Also, please remember that alcoholic beverages may be consumed for no longer than one hour after the game and tailgating must cease two hours after the game.

UI Police say their goal in stepping up enforcement this football season is to ensure that people who drink do so safely, responsibly and legally, especially if they are operating a motor vehicle. These efforts are part of the UI’s “Think Before You Drink” campaign. Learn more at


UI Press republishes naturalist Krutch's classic 'The Desert Year'

The Burroughs Award-winning "The Desert Year" by Joseph Wood Krutch will be republished on Nov. 1, by the University of Iowa Press as part of Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction. This new edition of the 1951 classic contains 33 drawings by noted illustrator Rudolf Freund.

Although Krutch (1893-1970) came to the desert relatively late in his life, his curiosity and delight in his surroundings abound throughout "The Desert Year," whether he is marveling at the majesty of the endless dry sea, at flowers carpeting the desert floor or at the unexpected appearance of an army of frogs after a heavy rain.

Krutch’s trenchant observations about life prospering in the hostile environment of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert turn to weighty questions about humanity and the precariousness of existence.

Krutch was a renowned critic, naturalist and conservationist whose works include theater and literary criticism, biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau, science and technology, and observations about the natural world.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


UI QuickCare locations to offer special flu shot clinics

Beginning Nov. 2, the UI QuickCare clinics below will provide flu shot clinics through December on the following schedule:

--Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., UI QuickCare-Coralville, 2510 Corridor Way, Suite 6A, Coralville, Iowa. (Near the Texas Roadhouse.)

--Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., UI QuickCare-East, 1843 Lower Muscatine Road, Iowa City, Iowa. (Near Sycamore Mall.)

--Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., UI QuickCare-Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton St., Suite 195, Iowa City, Iowa

Additional information is available online at:


U.S. Court of Appeals to hear cases at College of Law

A three-judge panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit will hear appeals on three federal cases at the University of Iowa College of Law on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The hearings will begin at 10 a.m. in the Levitt Courtroom in the Boyd Law Building and last approximately two hours. The public is invited to attend, but backpacks, large bags, baseball caps, food and beverage will not be allowed in the courtroom.

Hearing the cases will be judges David Hansen, Duane Benton and Michael Melloy, a 1974 UI law graduate. Normally based in St. Louis and St. Paul, the court occasionally hears cases at law schools around the circuit during the year.

Information on the cases the judges will be hearing on appeal is at


Women activists in South Asia theme of lectures Nov. 4 and 11

Two related lectures on women’s activism in postcolonial South Asia will be presented by visiting scholars Nov. 4 and 11 as part of the University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program (SASP) lecture series.
Shahnaz Khan will present “Native Informing and the Muslim Woman” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC), and Jael Silliman will present "Making Women Safe in India: Innovative Campaigns, Diverse Audiences and New Initiatives" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in 2520D UCC.
The scholars will raise questions about the role of the state, nonprofit organizations and globalization in the increasingly urgent calls to “invest” in women. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Khan is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Silliman is a former faculty member in women’s studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a former program officer for the Ford Foundation in New York. She currently lives in Kolkata, India.  
Sponsorship for the lectures is provided by SASP, UI International Programs and a grant from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.
For more information, contact Meena Khandelwal at or 319-335-2496.


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