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Release: March 29,2001

UI Museum of Natural History offers April 1 Talk on Iowa Tornadoes

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will sponsor a 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1 lecture, "Iowa Tornadoes: Their Science and History," in Room 112 of Macbride Hall. The talk, a part of the Museum's "Afternoon With a Scientist" public education and lecture series, is free and open to the public and will be given by meteorologist Douglas Beadle.

Beadle's lecture, slide and video presentation will explore the history of tornadoes in Iowa, why they form, where they occur, what to look for and how to protect yourself. Beadle has pursued a life-long passion for meteorology, as a 33-year member of the American Meteorological Society and as a charter and 24-year member of the National Weather Association.

For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at or 319-335-0482.

Irish writer, actor Mike Finn to speak at International Mondays April 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The International Mondays spring lecture series continues on April 2 with International Programs Writer-in-Residence Mike Finn speaking on "Ireland, A Terrible Beauty." His presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the International Center Lounge on the University of Iowa campus. A free lunch will be served.

Ireland has experienced phenomenal economic growth in recent years. As immigration replaces emigration and the "Celtic Tiger" continues to roar, Finn will talk about some of the cultural and social implications of this phenomenon.

Finn is a well-known actor and playwright from Limerick, Ireland. In 1995 he co-founded The Umbrella Project Street Theater Company and has directed numerous productions for them. In 1999 he was nominated for a Best New Play Award, for "Pigtown," at the Irish Theater Awards. Finn won the 2000 Stewart Parker Trust Award and was honored by Limerick Corporation with a special award for his contribution to the cultural life of his native city. Finn has worked as a free-lance photographer and columnist and has acted in more than 30 theater productions as well as on television and in films.

For more information, contact Fairouz Abu-Ghazaleh, (319) 335-1442.

Geneva Lecture Series hosts Susan M. Felch April 5-6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Susan M. Felch, author and English professor at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), will address the crisis in our use of language and understanding of literature in today's academy, during the April 5-6 Geneva Lecture Series events to be held at the University of Iowa. Felch's titled lecture, "God and the Embarrassment of Meanings," takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 107 of the English-Philosophy Building.

Felch will visit with students interested in writing and literature from a Christian perspective from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in River Room 1 of the Iowa Memorial Union. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jason Chen, Geneva Lecture Series, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City or email or call 341-0007.

Women's Center offers workshop on estate planning

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will present "Estate Planning: Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The workshop will focus on the transfer of non-titled property. The discussion will provide helpful information and accessible resources on this important topic.

This workshop is part of the "Women and Money" series co-sponsored by the Iowa Women's Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library. The series is designed for women of all income levels. Men are welcome to attend.

Upcoming workshops include "Starting Your Own Business: How to Build a Business Plan," on May 17 followed by "Women, Technology and the Small Business" on May 24, and "Financing a Business" on May 31. These three workshops will be co-sponsored by The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center.

Seating and materials for these workshops are limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register for any workshop in the series or for more information, contact the Iowa Women's Foundation at (319) 337-4222 or e-mail