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April 3, 2008

At A Glance

UI Libraries exhibit explores history of the Pentacrest now through June 30

A new exhibit, "By Chance and By Design: A History of the Pentacrest," is now on display in the University of Iowa Main Library. Several historic photographs of and documents relating to the building of the Pentacrest will be in the North Exhibition Hall through June 30.

The Pentacrest is named for the five structures that grace the bluff overlooking the Iowa River. Four buildings inspired by the Beaux-Arts Movement surround the Old Capitol, constructed from locally mined limestone and capped by its distinctive gold dome. The texts and images on display show the history of what has variously been called University Square, Old Capitol Campus, and the Five Spot.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Main Library hours. An online slideshow of the images is at

Race, Privilege, and Cultural Competence III conference April 11, 12

"Engaging in Difficult Dialogues," is the theme of the 2008 Race, Privilege and Cultural Competence Conference, which will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, on the University of Iowa campus.

The event is co-sponsored by the UI Women's Resource and Action Center, the UI Office of the Provost, the Iowa City Department of Human Rights, the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and others.

Keynote speakers at the Saturday conference include Sherry Watt, associate professor in the UI College of Education and author of the "Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model(c)," and Suzanne Pharr, a scholar, activist and author of "Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism," "In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation" and numerous essays. Diane Finnerty will also offer a pre-conference workshop on "Exploring Privilege and Cultural Competence" Friday afternoon.

Particular focus is given to participants engaged in community organizations, education, social service and health care delivery, and business/industry. Participants may attend one or both days.

For more information and to register, see


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.