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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 11, 2004

'Virtual Harlem' Is 3-D Visit To 1920s Harlem

In conjunction with "At Harlem's Height," a Feb. 19 concert in Hancher Auditorium, the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science and Hancher will present "Virtual Harlem: A Stroll through Harlem in the 1920s," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

"Virtual Harlem" is an immersive, interactive 3-D simulation of 1920s Harlem, at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. The Feb. 18 event is free and open to the public.

The evening will include:
-- 7 to 7:45 p.m. demonstration of "Virtual Harlem"
-- 7:45 to 8 p.m. reading of poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, organized by Tisch Jones of the UI Department of Theatre Arts; and
-- 8 to 9 p.m. discussion with Bryan Carter, creator of "Virtual Harlem."

Learn more about "Virtual Harlem" at

"Virtual Harlem" was initiated as a learning environment in which students studying the Harlem Renaissance can experience the historical context of its literature.

The project was conceived in 1998 by Bryan Carter at Central Missouri State University, and the first prototype was developed in collaboration with Bill Plummer at the Advanced Technology Center at the University of Missouri

In August 1999, the University of Illinois at Chicago translated the Harlem experience to a fully immersive environment.

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Theatre Arts are academic units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tickets for the "At Harlem's Height" concert are available from the Hancher box office.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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