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Feb. 17, 2012

At A Glance

UI Museum of Natural History hosts Storytime Adventures: 'Geese'

Children and families are invited to learn about geese during Storytime Adventures, sponsored by the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History on Sunday, Feb. 19. The program, which is part of a semester-long series, is geared for elementary school aged children. Held in the museum's Iowa Hall, the program includes readings and activities for children to do both at the museum and at home.

The spring Storytime Adventures series will continue with programs on lions (March 18), hummingbirds (April 15) and turtles (May 20).

The UI Museum of Natural History features four permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606, email or visit


Chai is topic of South Asian Studies lecture Feb. 23

The University of Iowa South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will present Philip Lutgendorf for a lecture titled "Chai Why? The Making of the Indian 'National Drink,'" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

Lutgendorf's talk will explore the promotion and popularization of tea drinking in 20th century India. Through his research, he recognized the remarkable role that tea, modified to Indian taste, has come to play in diet, social intercourse, and public culture in a relatively short span of time. In particular, his talk will emphasize the role played by advertising images in transmitting the "tea habit" to Indians, both prior to and following independence in 1947.

Lutgendorf is a professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The event is sponsored by SASP in International Programs.

For more information, visit or contact Heidi Vekemans at or 319-335-3862.


Huber presents voice master class at the UI Feb. 20

Soprano Andrea Huber, artistic director of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, will conduct a master class for voice students in the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.

Huber has sung leading roles in Europe since 1985, beginning with a five-year engagement at Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, singing roles including Violetta, Countess, Antonia, and Gilda. She has been a sought-after Merry Widow, Gräfin Mariza, Rosalinde, Schöne Helena, and Kate.

She appeared a number of times on stage and screen with legendary Viennese impresario Marcel Prawy, who claimed her as one of his "discoveries". She has also become a leading interpreter of the music of the Graz composer, Robert Stolz. In 2007, she premiered her one-woman Kurt Weill show in Berlin, and she recently performed Desirée in "A Little Night Music" in San Diego and Sylva in "Czárdásfürstin" in Ghent, Belgium.

Huber has taught at AIMS since 2002 and was appointed artistic director in August 2010. Learn more about Huber at


Chinese performing arts troupe to present free concert Feb. 25

The East China Normal University Performing Arts Troupe will present a free concert Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Iowa City, 214 East Jefferson St. This event is open to the public.

The 27-member performing arts troupe from Shanghai, China, features folk dancing of Dai Minority and Uygher Minority, Tang and Han dynasty dance, Dunhuang dance, Sichuan opera, singing, and various instruments including the lute, erhu, flute, and piano.

The event is sponsored by the UI Confucius Institute in International Programs, East China Normal University, and Hanban.

For more information, contact Erin Mullins at or 319-335-3857.


Pancake promotion will benefit UI Children's Hospital

Iowans can enjoy a free serving of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and make a free-will donation to benefit patients and families at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

IHOP restaurants across the nation will serve one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes per customer in celebration of National Pancake Day. Donations made during the event will go to IHOP's national charity partner, Children's Miracle Network, to help improve the lives of children at the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals nationwide.

All funds raised at nine regional IHOP restaurants will benefit UI Children's Hospital.

For more information or to find an IHOP near you, please visit the IHOP website at


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