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Nov. 23, 2005

Dec. 9 'Know the Score LIVE!' Asks Questions About Animals

"Know the Score LIVE!" will ask "What is an Animal?" on its December program, broadcast live on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

The broadcast from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium will be open to the public free of charge.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. You may also listen to the broadcast on the Internet at

Kjaer's guests on the broadcast will include members of the "Articulating the Animal" research seminar sponsored by the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

Jane Desmond, Teresa Mangum, Kim Marra, Mary Trachsel, Pam Trimpe, Ed Wasserman and Obermann Center Director Jay Semel will consider how human beings define, perceive, use, fear and find meaning in individual animals, along with other questions surrounding the human-animal relationship.

Also on hand for the program will be Michael Chibnik, chair of the UI department of anthropology, who will discuss the UIMA's current exhibition "Crafting Tradition: Oaxacan Wood Carvings." The exhibition of more than 50 woodcarvings, which explores the economic and cultural impact of the recently invented "tradition" of painted wood carvings, was organized by Chibnik.

Music for the program will be recorded. "We'll have lots of 'animal themed' music throughout the program as well as recordings Michael Chibnik has brought back from Mexico," Kjaer said.

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is dedicated to scholarship and to intellectual exchange. "Articulating the Animal" is the Obermann Center's fall 2005 Interdisciplinary Research Semester. The semester-long program, established in 2002, brings together scholars working on similar topics in diverse disciplines. In weekly discussions of their projects, participants have the opportunity expand their understanding of their work through the perspectives of the researchers from other fields.

Participants are selected through a competitive review and with the approval of their department chairs and Deans. Funding for the Interdisciplinary Research Semester is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Provost, and the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Fund.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts.

UI radio station KSUI is on the World Wide Web at

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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