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Release: Oct. 17, 2002

New film series starts Oct. 18

A new, weekly film series, "The Cinematheque at Becker" features treasures from the University of Iowa Institute for Cinema and Culture collection. This week's film is "Le Vent de la nuit," directed by Philippe Garrel, France/Italy/Switzerland, 1999, 90 min. The film, starring Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Duval, Xavier Beauvois, and Jacques Lassalle, will be presented on video at 8 p.m. Friday, October 18 in Room 203 Becker Communication Studies Building. The film is in French and is not subtitled. For more information contact the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture at 335-1348.

Merrill to speak to UI Triangle Club Oct. 20

On Sunday October 20, 2002 the Triangle Club, the faculty club of the University of Iowa will hold its second meeting of the academic year at the University Athletic Club. The meeting starts at
11:30 a.m., with Brunch at 12. At approximately 12:45 the speaker Dr. Christopher Merrill, Director of the UI International Writing Program will speak on " The United Nations of Writers: The UI International Writing Program." Questions about membership in the Triangle Club which is open to faculty and administration members and members of the Iowa City Community should be directed to Dr. Axel Ruprecht, secretary-treasurer, at 335-7341 or

Former IWP participant discusses role of writers in the U.S. Oct. 21

"The Role of Writers in the U.S. -- is There Any?" will be the theme of a lecture Monday, October 21, by Slovak prose writer Gustav Murin, an alumnus of The University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP). The lecture, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge, is a continuation of the International Monday's lecture series, coordinated by UI International Programs. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Murin will discuss the role of writers in the world, especially in his region of Central Europe. He will share what he discovered about the role of writers in the United States, and discuss the future role of the literature in society. For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, please contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

IWP director Christopher Merrill to discuss 'imperfect passion of a word' Oct. 22

Christopher Merrill, International Writing Program (IWP) director, will give a lecture titled, "The Imperfect Passion of a Word: On the Art of Translation," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by UI International Programs and the IWP, it is part of the Iowa City Public Library's Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival. For more information or special accommodations , contact Kara Logsden at the Iowa City Public Library at 356-5200, Extension 155.

KSUI/WSUI fall fund drive to be held Oct. 19-25

The University of Iowa's public radio stations WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM will hold their fall on-air fund drive Oct.19-25, hoping to raise $210,000.

The fund drive is being held to raise money for the UI's public radio stations, which continue to feel the impact of state budget cuts and rising costs of operation. Special broadcasts of "Car Talk", "Fresh Air," "A Prairie Home Companion," "St. Paul Sunday" and other popular public radio programs will air throughout the week.

The WSUI/KSUI drive is part of a coordinated campaign among public radio stations across the state and the U.S. to support public radio.

For more information call (319) 335-5730. Contributors can call in pledges by calling 1 (800) AIR-IOWA or pledge online and

UI Museum of Natural History presents "The Fossil Guy" Sunday, Oct. 20

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's series of Sunday programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- continues with " Tools and Weapons of the Woodland Indians" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, and sessions repeating at 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. All programs will take place in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

Johnson will display items representing decorative and recreational features of the American Indians from the Woodland cultures, as well as tools and European trade goods. Participants can view arrowheads, spear points, atl-atl points, a hoe, scrapers, a drill, and knives made from flint and also tools made from stone. Johnson will also explain what an "atl-atl" is and how it works, while offering hands-on time with all of the items displayed.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call Elizabeth Burdick-Romero, UI Museum of Natural History weekend manager, or David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482.