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PERSPECTIVES SEPT. 24 -- Performance artist Mel Andringa, a University of Iowa alumnus and former UI faculty member, will talk about artist Robert Wilson and the current UI Museum of Art exhibition "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal" at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the museum.

Andringa's talk, which is part of the weekly Perspectives series at the museum, is free and open to the public.

Andringa, a resident of Cedar Rapids, first met Wilson as a graduate student when Wilson was on the UI campus to create "Deafman Glance" (1970), one of his seminal early performance pieces. Andringa subsequently spent four years touring with Wilson's company. Although Andringa eventually left to found his own performance art company, the Drawing Legion, the two have remained in contact and occasionally worked together.

Andringa's talk will include stories from his days spent touring with Wilson as well as comments on the exhibition, which contains black-and-white lithographs from the sequential sketch narratives Wilson produced for his operatic stage designs for Gluck's "Alceste" and Wagner's "Parsifal."

Andringa currently acts as artistic director for Legion Arts, Inc., a nonprofit artists' organization; as co-director of CSPS, a regional contemporary arts center in Cedar Rapids; and as artistic director for the Drawing Legion.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the Perspectives program. Admission to the museum is free.

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INTERNATIONAL WRITERS DISCUSS SHORT FICTION SEPT. 24-- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a panel discussion on writing short fiction at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Room 304 of the UI English Philosophy Building on the UI campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Titled "The Long and the Short of It: Writing Short Fiction and Shorter Fiction," the panel will address questions like: Apart from the demands of the plot, why do some stories take longer to tell than others?

The panel also will examine "sudden fiction," or the short story as an emblematic late-20th-century genre.

Participants in the discussion will be Ly Thi Lan of Vietnam, Marina Anatolyevna Palei of Russia, Mawule Kuamvi Kuakuvi of Togo, Lilia Maria Clara Carriere Momple of Mozambique and Susan Lohafer of the UI faculty.

Kuakuvi is well known in his country as an activist for human rights as well as for his fiction. He is head of the division of academics in the registrar's office at the University of Benin, where he has also been head of the philosophy department. Kuakuvi currently is a professor of moral and political philosophy as well as history of philosophy.

A prolific writer, Lan is the author of several collections of short stories, the novel "A Peaceful Place for Birds to Sing," a nonfiction account of Chinese living in South Vietnam and several children's books. Her story collections include "Singing Grass," "A Bit of Romance in the Rain," "Seeing Mountains in a Dream" and "Immigrants." Her book "Home in the Grass" (1984) received first prize from the Vietnam Writers' Association.

One of Mozambique's most celebrated writers, Momple is also known for her participation in Mozambique's liberation movement. The author's works have been translated into English and have appeared in numerous African and Mozambican anthologies. Her literary publications include the novels "Neighbours," the forthcoming novel "The Eyes of the Green Cobra," and the short-story collection "Nobody Killed Shuhura," which was translated into Italian and English.

Palei's work has been translated into eight languages and has been published throughout Europe and North America. Her fiction, criticism and translations have appeared in all of the major journals of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in every major recent anthology of Russian 20th-century prose. Her tale "Caribia from the Obvodnoy Canal" was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize.

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) has brought to the campus 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies, which end in November. The writers range in stature from those who are among the most well-known literary figures in their countries and those with international impact, to promising young writers just emerging into prominence.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Ly Thi Lan is pronounced LEE TEE LAHN; Lilia Momple is pronounced Lil-ya mom-PLEH; Marina Anatolyevna Palei is pronounced mah-REE-nah ana-tol-YEF-nah pah-LAY; Mawule Kuamvi Kuakuvi is pronounced mah-WOO-leh koo-AHM-vee koo-ah-KOO-vee.)