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Sept. 21, 2010

At A Glance

UI Sport Medicine offers knee-injury prevention program for girls

UI Sports Medicine, part of University of Iowa Health Care, is offering a new injury prevention program for female basketball players between the ages of 13 and 15.

Knee injuries are quite common for all athletes, but studies suggest that post-puberty, female athletes are six to seven times more likely to rupture an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) than their male counterparts.

The UI program will focus on limiting knee injuries, including ACL tears, by improving biomechanics, positioning and sport-specific movement. In addition, the program will increase strength, speed and overall sports conditioning.

Participants will receive a consultation with sports medicine staff and twice-weekly strength and conditioning sessions for six weeks with an athletic trainer or physical therapist. The program costs $225. For more information, contact Paul Pursley at UI Sports Medicine at 319-384-7070.


Fall job and internship fair to be held Sept. 23

The University of Iowa's Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center will hold its annual Fall Job and Internship Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. An estimated 1,500 University of Iowa students and alumni will connect with over 130 employers in search of employment and internship opportunities.

Several local, national and international organizations will be present, including IBM, Eli Lilly, Coyote Logistics, Mid American Financial Group, Von Maur, United States Senate, Escuela Mayatan, John Deere and Caterpillar.

Students of all majors, seeking full-time positions and internships, are encouraged to attend. Students should bring their student ID to check in.

The fall career fair is a great way for students to take advantage of a situation where more than 130 employers are in one room on campus, wanting to speak with them about internship and full-time job opportunities, said David Baumgartner, assistant provost for enrollment management, Pomerantz Career Center.

For a full list of participating employers and sponsors, please visit: For more information, call 319-335-1023 or visit


POROI hosts ‘critical whiteness’ symposium Sept. 23-24

The University of Iowa Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is hosting a Critical Whiteness Studies Symposium Sept. 23-24 at the Iowa Memorial Union that will examine the social, cultural and historical production of whiteness.

The symposium is open to the public and will feature leading scholars in area of Critical Whiteness Studies, the screening and discussion of the film “Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity” and a “teaching commons,” which will include many readings, classroom activities, sample syllabi and assignments to help faculty and instructors integrate the conference into their courses.

David Roediger, an Ida Cordella Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor from the University of Illinois, will deliver a keynote lecture on the trajectory of whiteness in the United States. Karyn McKinney, assistant professor of sociology at Penn State-Altoona, will present her research on identity and power, and Becky Thompson, professor of sociology at Simmons College, will hold a keynote talk and workshop that will address new ways of teaching about power -– mind, body and soul.

For a complete schedule of events, visit The conference is free and no registration is required.

POROI offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in rhetoric of inquiry.


UI alumna Krapf performs Sept. 26 as a guest of the UI School of Music

Gerhild Krapf, an alumna of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital in memory of family and friends as a guest of the organ department at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the First Presbyterian Church at 2701 Rochester Ave. in Iowa City. Her program includes works by Mozart, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Gerhard Krapf and Bach.

Krapf received bachelors and masters degrees from the School of Music, where she studied with Delbert Disselhorst. Earlier training was with her father, Gerhard Krapf, the founder of the UI organ department and a prolific composer.

The Krapf D Major partita on this program is based on the chorale tune “Wie Schoen Leuchtet der Morgenstern” (“How Lovely Shines the Morning Star”), in which the morning star can be understood as a metaphor for Jesus Christ and divine love. Each of its six movements expresses a different aspect of this shining morning star and our relationship to it.

A long-time resident of Iowa City, Gerhild Krapf has served as organist and choir director for many local churches. She has held many positions at the UI and now works in the provost's office.


The UI Writing University will stream Sept. 28 reading by Polansky

The University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will stream a "Live from Prairie Lights" reading by novelist Steve Polansky at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. The stream will originate in a free event at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Polansky will read from his debut novel, "The Bradbury Report," a cerebral thriller set in the year 2071, when the U.S. has become a rogue nation, the only country in the civilized world where cloning is legal and state sponsored.

As a result, some 250 million clones are being kept sequestered in a top-secret, closely guarded area of the Great Plains called "The Clearances." What is their life like? What are they like? No one knows until the day one of them somehow wanders off the reservation and is captured by a shadowy anti-cloning resistance group.

Polansky's short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Glimmer Train and Best American Stories. His book of stories, "Dating Miss Universe," won the Sandstone Prize for Fiction. Visit his website at


India to be focus of United Nations Day of Older Persons celebration Sept. 29

The United Nations Day of Older Persons second annual celebration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public.
This celebration focuses on international perspectives on aging and culture. Each year a country is spotlighted, and the public is invited to explore foods, traditions, language and the culture from that country. Last year the program focused on Japan -- a country where people tend to live longer.
India is the featured country for this year’s celebration. The event will include an introduction to the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, Indian food and a food preparation demonstration, music, a Sanskrit display, dance and more.
The United Nations Day of Older Persons is internationally recognized as Oct. 1.
This event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Aging Studies Program in the UI School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, the Iowa United Nations Association, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence: Global Health Initiatives and UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Andrea Niehaus at or 319-337-7290.


2010-11 Gallery series opens with 'Eggshell' Sept. 30-Oct. 3

The 2010-11 Gallery series of University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts student productions will open with "Eggshell," written and directed by Soren Olsen, at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Gold, Murf and Frank are best friends. In a world where their only amusement is a gigantic eggshell, they constantly are seeking new ways to entertain themselves. But one day the egg begins to crack. Their bond of friendship is tested with song, dance, bullets, swimming, dirt, plungers, fighting, cellphones, flippers, blowdryers, marbles, stamps, football helmets and coffee as everything begins to change.

"Eggshell" is a comedy for all ages, told only with physical motion and gibberish.

The production features scenic design by Kristen Campbell, costumes by Mia Khayat, lighting by Tiana Carollo, sound by Lindsay Wolf and props designed by Kelly Maginnis.

Admisson is free with UI students with a valid UI ID. General admission is $5. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored events. If you require a special accommodation, please contact the epartment at 319-335-2700.


New UI Press book examines women writers and copyright issues

"Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright," by Caren Irr will be available Oct. 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

"Pink Pirates," asks how contemporary female novelists —- represented by Ursula Le Guin, Andrea Barrett, Kathy Acker and Leslie Marmon Silko —- have dealt with issues of literary ownership, arguing that for feminist writers in particular copyright issue often conjures up the persistent exclusion of women from ownership.

Irr, an English faculty member at Brandeis University, brings together voices from law schools, courtrooms and the writer's desk to document how some of the most inventive contemporary feminist novelists have grappled with the legal and metaphorical significance of ownership. She sets the stage for a feminist reappraisal of the figure of the literary pirate -- a figure outside the restrictive bounds of U.S. copyright statutes.

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:


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