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Feb. 3, 2012

At A Glance

Obermann Center celebrates Dickens' 200th birthday Feb. 7

The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will celebrate Charles Dickens' 200th birthday at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.

A multi-disciplinary panel will introduce the novel Oliver Twist to kick off a community reading of the novel, which will culminate in a public discussion at ICPL on Monday, March 5, part of the on-going "Conversations and Controversies." The series, co-sponsored by the Obermann Center and the UI Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, provides free copies of Oliver Twist to the first 25 participants who sign up at Prairie Lights Bookstore. Attendees are encouraged to bring a jar of peanut butter for the Crisis Center.

A reading of "The Death of Nancy" from Oliver Twist will follow the panel. The evening will end with birthday cake and punch.

In addition, UI Special Collections will assemble a small exhibit of Dickensiana and an ICPL Dickens film series will start at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit


Community seminar to focus on prostate cancer surgery

Chad Tracy, M.D., a specialist in the Department of Urology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, will lead a free community seminar on essential information about prostate cancer surgery. The seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus, located at 375 Newton Road in Iowa City.

In the battle against cancer, prostate cancer is a success story. Currently, 35 out of every 36 men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive the disease.

One key to that success is better treatments, including surgical techniques such as robotic-assisted procedures.

This seminar is presented as part of the National Football League and American Urological Association's "Know Your Stats" program, which urges fans to learn more about prostate cancer.

Participants may check in beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is encouraged. Register online at or call 319-335-8886 or toll-free at 877-MED-IOWA.


Sustainability is the focus of several UI events Feb. 10
A WorldCanvass program on "The History of Sustainability" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Guests will reflect on the rise of global environmental concerns in centuries past, discuss how climate and weather patterns have affected population growth and expansion, and look at ways in which art and film have addressed the environment.
Earlier that day, the second annual Net Impact Sustainability Summit "Sustainability, It Just Makes Business Sense" will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Second Floor Ballroom. Registration is required for this free event at
Gillen D'Arcy Wood, director of the Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will explain how climate destabilization is shaping world events. His talk is also scheduled Friday at 3 p.m. in Gerber Lounge, Room 304, English Philosophy Building,
All events are free and open to the public.
Event sponsors include International Programs, UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI, Information Technology Services, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, UI Office of Sustainability, Tippie School of Management, and Masters of Business Administration Association.
For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.


Old Capitol Museum hosts 'History Time: Grant Wood' Feb. 11

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will host the children's program "History Time: Grant Wood" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Museum's Discovery Center. This free, public program caters to children age 4.

Join the Old Capitol Museum staff as they read from Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood by John Duggleby. Visitors will also take a trip through the new exhibit, "Art|Iowa: Inspired by Landscape," and view works by the famous Iowa artist. After the story, participants will craft their own Iowa-inspired landscape.

Grant Wood was born in Anamosa and is known for painting the iconic "American Gothic." The Regionalist artist is also known for his simple yet classic style of interpreting Iowa's landscape.
The Old Capitol Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and national holidays. For more information, visit, call 319-335-0546, or email


UI 10-Minute Play Festival marks 15th anniversary

The 10-Minute Play Festival, presented by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a production of eight, short scripts by undergraduates at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

This year's plays, chosen from 53 submissions are:

--1954: The Gain and Loss of Understanding by Taylor Bradley.
--Debtors and Collectors by Joel Carron.
--Civil Behavior and the Acceptable Pursuit of Logical Relationships by Caitlin Dorsett.
--Then Came Darkness by Derek Heckman.
--Stay by Bethany Jackson.
--Bear-Ly Legal: A Love Story by Marek Muller.
--Green Grass Song by Levi Smith.
--Safe Texting by Jessica Traufler.

Many plays from previous festivals have gone on to have further productions throughout the country, and several of the plays have been published.

Admission is $5 -- free for UI students -- and tickets are available one hour before showtime at the door. This production includes adult material; potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for more information.


UI Alumni Association hosts presentation on the world of aging Feb. 16

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host "Dreams, Life, and Aging: Intergenerational Perspectives," a presentation that takes a look into the world of aging, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Melrose Meadows, 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City.

UI Associate Director of Student Development David Gould will lead a presentation on Bookends, a project that paired students from Gould's "Aging and Leisure" course with local senior citizens to share their dreams, life lessons, and thoughts on aging. Inspired by this dialogue, the group composed and recorded two songs: one about the seniors' reflections on the past and another featuring the students' goals for the future.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by noon on Thursday, Feb. 9, at

For more information, email or call 1-800-IOWALUM.


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