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Feb. 14, 2008

At A Glance

UI sponsors Darwin Day events Feb. 14-16
Charles Darwin's 199th birthday will not go unnoticed, thanks to several free, public events planned by the University of Iowa in cooperation with the Iowa City Darwin Day organization. The activities kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 with a reading by author Massimo Pigliucci from his popular book, "Denying Evolution," at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.

Other events include, on Friday, a public seminar by psychologist Martha McClintock on "Broken Ties or Alternative Strategies? Effects of Social Isolation on Fertility and Survival" and one by Pigliucci on "Making Sense of Evolution: The Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Biology." On Saturday paleontologist Christopher Brochu will give a talk titled "The Dead Speak: What We Learned from the Tyrannosaurus"; McClintock will speak on "Social Isolation and Breast Cancer: Psychosocial Regulation of Gene Expression"; and Pigliucci will speak of "What's Science Got to do with It? When Scientists Misspeak About Religion."

More information, including times and locations of the events, is available at or by calling the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 319-335-2610.

Professor to discuss disability issues tonight and Friday

Brenda Brueggemann, director of the American Sign Language Program and the Disability Studies Program at The Ohio State University, will speak on "Eugenics, Economics, Euthanasia: The Nazi T-4 Program against People with Disabilities" at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Feb. 14) in the Gerber Lounge on the third floor of the English Philosophy Building. The Nazi's T-4 program aimed at people with disabilities, who were labeled "lives unworthy of living" and "useless eaters" and killed in gas chambers, by starvation, or with drug overdoses in 1940 and 1941.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, also in the Gerber Lounge, Brueggemann will speak on "Posting Mabel," her work of creative nonfiction that explores the world of Mabel Hubbard Bell, Alexander Graham Bell's deaf wife.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. Brueggemann's visit is co-sponsored by the Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration, the Department of History, the UI ASL Program and the Creative Nonfiction Writing Program. Contact: Steve Kuusisto, 319-335-2608.

Film screening highlights U.S. retail industry labor practices Feb. 19

The UI Center for Human Rights and the UI Labor Center will host a community screening of the film "Made in L.A." at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 101 Biology Building East. The screening is in collaboration with Active Voice and is part of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights Workers' Rights campaign. It is free and open to the public.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Almudena Carracedo and/or Robert Bahar. For more information, visit

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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.