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Feb. 2, 2012

At A Glance

Advisor to Obama's 2008 campaign to analyze 2012 race at law school lecture Feb. 9

Heather Gerken, professor of law at Yale University and a senior advisor to President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, will speak at the University of Iowa College of Law on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Her lecture, "Winning the White House," begins at 12:45 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Student Lounge in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. Gerken will reflect on some of the lessons learned from the 2008 campaign and the course of the 2012 presidential campaigns from a legal perspective.

Gerken is a specialist in election law and constitutional law and is visiting the law school Feb. 9 and 10 as the 2012 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor. More information about her work and career is available online at


Live stream will launch Granta and feature new Marcus novel Feb. 9

A live literary stream at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, on the University of Iowa website, will both launch the new issue of Granta Magazine and feature Ben Marcus' new novel, The Flame Alphabet, which will be published by Granta.

The stream will originate in a free event in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Granta Magazine's new issue is titled Exit Strategies. Nigerian-American writer Chinelo Okparanta, a fiction alumna of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her Granta story America. In addition to Okparanta's story, Exit Strategies contains work by John Barth, Alice Munro, and Claire Messud. The reading is one of a series of Granta readings throughout the United States and Canada. Read more about the issue at

Marcus' The Flame Alphabet is set after a terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children's speech has become lethal -- and radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. In Marcus' speculative tale, teens are literally poisoning their parents each time they speak. Visit for additional information, including his books Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String.


UI Music Therapy Club performance of jazz standards will benefit Iowa City Hospice

The University of Iowa Music Therapy Club will present a performance of jazz vocal standards to benefit the Iowa City Hospice at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. UI School of Music Faculty member Katherlne Eberle and UI voice students will be accompanied by a jazz quartet of pianist Eugene DeLuca, guitarist Matt Logan, drummer Justin LeDuc, and bassist Drew Morton.

While the performance is free, the intention is to invite contributions of cash and items from the Iowa City Hospice wish list, which includes office supplies, patient-care supplies, gift certificates, and food items. For additional information about donations, visit

The idea came from Eberle and fellow faculty member Mary Adamek, who wanted to have their students get more performing experience while giving back to the community. The 17 singers are embarking on a year-long project of developing various genres of music. In March they will present a concert of Irish songs as a fundraiser for the Consultation of Religious Communities in Johnson County, and last October and November they presented baroque and sacred-music concerts.
For information about the program, call 319-335-1675 or email, or


UI Museum of Natural History movie series continues with 'Creation' Feb. 12

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its "Movies@MNH" series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, with the free public screening of Creation in Macbride Auditorium.

The movie depicts English naturalist Charles Darwin as he struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and his love for his religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work. Paul Bettany stars as Darwin and Jennifer Connelly plays his wife, Emma.

This installment of Movies@MNH is part of the Iowa City Darwin Day celebration from Feb. 10-12. Future Movies@MNH will include March of the Penguins, March 4; Last Extinction: What Killed the Mammoths, April 1; and Fly Away Home, May 6.

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History or Iowa City Darwin Day, visit their websites.


Pre-engineering program presents at Iowa State Capitol Feb. 14

Iowa Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW), the Iowa edition of a national, nonprofit organization helping schools give middle and high school students knowledge needed to excel in rapidly growing U.S. high-tech fields, will hold its Third Annual PLTW Legislative Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will speak at 11 a.m. PLTW CEO Vince Bertram will honor Lewis Central High School as a Model School at noon.

Legislators will learn how middle schools, secondary education, higher education, business, state agencies, and PLTW collaborate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at more than 100 schools. PLTW students will display engineering notebooks, portfolios, and projects to show the relationship between the projects they designed and STEM skills used.

Iowa PLTW is a partnership between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University engineering colleges. Participating schools demonstrate commitment to PLTW programs by inviting teachers to attend rigorous summer training sessions, teaching PLTW courses using the latest computer software, and maintaining a yearlong commitment to teacher and counselor training.

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