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March 8, 2012

At A Glance

Essayists on the Essay is now available from the UI Press

Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time, edited by Carl H. Klaus and Ned StuckeyFrench is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

The first historically and internationally comprehensive collection of its kind, Essayists on the Essay is a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of the essay.

It includes a selection of 50 pieces by American, Canadian, English, European, and South American essayists from Montaigne to the present -- many of which have not previously been anthologized or translated -- as well as a detailed bibliographical and thematic guide to hundreds of additional works about the essay.

Klaus, founding director of the UI Nonfiction Writing Program, is a diarist, essayist, and author of several textbooks on writing. Stuckey-French, a UI alumnus who teaches at Florida State is the author of The American Essay in the American Century and book-review editor for Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.

The book is available at bookstores or from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


Robinson to discuss Girls and Women in the Grimms' Fairy Tales March 19

Orrin W. Robinson III, professor of German studies at Stanford University, will present "White as Snow, Red as Blood: Girls and Women in the Grimms' Fairy Tales," at 6 p.m., Monday, March 19, in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). A public reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the North Room of the IMU. Robinson is an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

There exists a widespread impression that the Brothers Grimm were collectors and preservers of folk and fairy tales told to them by common folk of the German-speaking world. We now know, however, that many of their informants were middle class, a number of tales were taken from published sources, and some are arguably not originally German. Robinson will concentrate on changes the Grimms carried out that reinforced gender stereotypes, emphasizing preferred words for boys and girls, characteristics attributed to them via different kinds of adjectives, and one grammatical choice the Grimms increasingly made to distinguish between good girls and bad ones (and women).

Sponsors include the UI Departments of German, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, English, French and Italian, Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese, International Programs, and the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium.


UI to host inaugural aging mind and brain symposium March 23

The University of Iowa's Aging Mind and Brain Initiative will host its inaugural symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Medical Education Research Facility on the UI health sciences campus in Iowa City.

The daylong event will include members of the general public, health care professionals, researchers and policy makers. The purpose of the symposium is to educate the audience about challenges affecting the health of the aging mind and brain and to offer expert advice for improving the quality of life of patients and their families living with cognitive brain disease.

To register, call 1-800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141, send an email to, or visit online at:

For more information on the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative and the symposium, visit


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