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March 9, 2012

At A Glance

Cellist Holman and pianist Lecuona present UI faculty recital March 21

Cellist Hannah Holman and pianist Rene Lecuona, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be the Sonata in A major, op. 69, by Beethoven; the Sonata in C major, op 43, no. 2, by Romberg; and the Sonata no. 2 in F major, op 99, by Brahms.

Holman was for many years the cellist of the UI Maia String Quartet, which recently disbanded, and she is now touring with the Minnesota Orchestra. She will leave the UI faculty at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Read bios of Holman and Lecuona at


Tomasini presents gallery talk on Eye on UI Faculty March 22 at UI Main Library

Wallace Tomasini, professor in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a gallery talk in the Eye on UI Faculty exhibition space at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Second Floor North Reading Room, UI Main Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Tomasini's talk will explore paintings by Stuart Edie and James Lechay, as well as silkscreens and mixed media work by Byron Burford.

Tomasini received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral work at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. He specializes in Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and served as director of the School of Art and Art History from 1973 to 1993. The school is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Eye on UI Faculty is open during library hours through the spring semester: Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Monday.


UI Writers’ Workshop presents reading by Malech and Greer

The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop will present a free reading by two visiting faculty members -- poet Dora Malech and fiction writer Andrew Sean Greer -- at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Malech, an alumna of the Workshop, is the author of the collections Shore Ordered Ocean and Say So. Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best New Poets. Recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, she has taught writing at Saint Mary's College of California and Victoria University in New Zealand, and she directs the arts outreach program the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

Greer is the bestselling author of The Story of a Marriage, and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago. His first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, and his story collection, How It Was for Me, were also published to wide acclaim.

His stories have appeared in many national publications and have been anthologized most recently in The Book of Other People and Best American Nonrequired Reading.


UI student engineers hold 'Friendraiser' for Ghana project March 29

The University of Iowa’s award-winning student chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA will host a "Friendraiser" -- a fundraising event for the group’s Ghana project -- from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., corner of Market and Clinton streets, Iowa City.

Admission is free.

The event will offer guests the opportunity to experience the culture of Ghana through a celebration of people, art, and music. Participants may purchase a dinner of Ghanaian rice along with breadsticks and salad from the Olive Garden and Texas Road House. A silent auction will feature authentic Ghanaian artwork, as well as gift cards to Iowa City restaurants.

In addition, student engineers will speak about their experiences in Ghana and update event guests on progress made on the group’s five-year partnership with Kobriti, Ghana, to improve sanitation and access to clean water.  In 2008, the UI student group won national honors and partial funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their project to advance the development of an inexpensive, hand-held water sanitizer. The project may one day provide clean drinking water and promote better health in developing countries.

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