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Sept. 10, 2010

At A Glance

UI offers public events on medieval culture and literature Sept. 16-17

The University of Iowa is hosting a series of free, public events as part of a medieval conference Sept. 16-17.

John D. Niles of the University of Wisconsin–Madison will speak on "The Myth of the Feud in Anglo-Saxon England" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Chris Vinsonhaler will give a storytelling performance of part of “Beowulf” at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center.

Carolyn Dinshaw of New York University will discuss "How Soon is Now? Problems of the Present, Medieval and Modern" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the Bijou Theatre, 166 Iowa Memorial Union.

The events are part of the Medieval Association of the Midwest conference. For a complete schedule or to register for the full conference, visit

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, the Graduate College, the Center for the Book, the departments of English, Religious Studies, Classics, French and Italian, German, History, Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Conferences and the Medieval Studies Program.

UI alumni Rough and Klink read on successive evenings Sept. 16, 17

University of Iowa alumni Bonnie Rough and Joanna Klink will read in Prairie Lights Books on successive nights, Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept. 17. The free events at 7 p.m. will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University website --

Rough, a graduate of the UI Nonfiction Writing program, will read from "Carrier:  Untangling the Danger of My DNA." She is a carrier of a rare genetic condition, hypohidriotic ectodermal dysplasia or HED, complicating family planning. Rough remembers her grandfather who had HED and the sorrowful outcome that resulted in his death at 49.

Klink, an Iowa City native and UI Writers’ Workshop graduate who teaches at Harvard University, will read from her third volume of poetry, "Raptus," a series of linked poems that search through a failed relationship, struggling with the stakes of compassion, the violence of the outside world and the wish to anchor both in something true.

She will be joined by Columbia University faculty member and Boston Review editor Timothy Donnelly, who will read from his long-awaited second volume of poems, "Cloud Corporation." His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, the Denver Quarterly, Fence, the Paris Review and Ploughshares.

Dierks Bentley to perform Oct. 28 at UI Field House

Scope Productions and First Avenue Productions will present Capitol recording artist Dierks Bentley in concert, Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Field House on the University of Iowa campus. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Bentley snagged three Country Music Association awards nominations earlier this month for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Up On The Ridge," and Musical Event of the Year for the album’s track “Bad Angel” featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson.

Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 14 singles on the country singles charts, of which seven have reached No. 1.

Bentley's last show at the UI in April 2008 sold out in about a week and a half and was one of the top shows of the year, said Ned Mendenhall, president of First Avenue Productions.

Special guests for the concert will be announced later. Pre-sale tickets for UI students go on sale Monday, Sept. 13 at the UI Box Office, Iowa Memorial Union and to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, at or at the University of Iowa Box Office.



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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.