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Sept. 2, 2010

At A Glance

Earlville girl, 15, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Sept. 4

Korri Hoeger, 15, daughter of Mitzi and Russ Hoeger of Earlville, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against Eastern Illinois Sept. 4 at Kinnick Stadium.

Korri was diagnosed last year with an autoimmune disorder that causes kidney failure. She currently travels to University of Iowa Children's Hospital for dialysis, but soon may become the first UI pediatric patient to receive dialysis at home until she is eligible for a kidney transplant. More information and a video about Korri are available at

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 have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


Roy offers Sept. 16 talk on UI Museum of Art exhibition of African figures

Christopher Roy, curator of the "Ere Ibeji: Twin Figures from the Collection of J. Richard Simon" exhibition presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), will give a free gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Iowa Memorial Union Black Box Theater.

Roy, a UI art history professor and the Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art, will speak about Yoruba religion and art, especially the ere Ibeji twin figures in the exhibition.

The Yoruba culture of southwest Nigeria believes twins to be spirited, unpredictable, fearless and agents of good luck. However, there and in the rest of Africa, twins suffer from a high mortality rate. In their culture, when a twin dies, the mother commissions the carving of a six- to eight-inch wooden figure -- called an ere ibeji, or "twin soul" -- to embody the twin’s spirit for the generations to come.

The exhibition featuring selections from Richard Simon’s extraordinary collection of ere Ibeji figures is open through Oct. 17 in the Black Box Theater. For more information about this and other events, visit the UIMA’s website,


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