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Jan. 28, 2008

At A Glance

Bijou announces spring film line-up

The Bijou Theatre's spring 2008 film season features documentaries about consumerism and modern art, Oscar nominated films, 3D erotica and a restored David Lynch classic.

The lineup through spring break includes:

Jan. 25-31: "What Would Jesus Buy" and "Bob LeFlambeur"

Feb. 1-7: "Lust, Caution" and "Margot at the Wedding"

Feb. 8-14: "Eraserhead" and "Terror's Advocate"

Feb. 9: "Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy"

Feb. 15-21: "City Lights" and "My Kid Could Paint That"

Feb. 22-28: Oscar-nominated films for 2007 in the Shorts, Animated and Live Action categories

Feb. 29 to March 6: "Steal a Pencil for Me" and "Darfur Now"

All Bijou films are shown in the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is $5. Show times are 7 and 9 p.m., with 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. weekend matinees. For show times check the Bijou's Web site at, email, or call 319-335-3258.

Pharmacy panel discussion Jan. 30 to focus on diverse populations

The UI College of Pharmacy Diversity Committee will host a panel discussion, "Serving Diverse Communities," from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in room 100B of the Pharmacy Building. Pharmacists who work with diverse populations will offer insights and answer questions about their areas of practice. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Christine Catney at 319-335-8760 or

Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum presents 'God Talk on The Campaign Trail' Feb. 1

Cary Covington, UI associate professor of political science, will discuss "God Talk on the Campaign Trail: The Presidential Candidates and Their Religion" from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in Room 337, Penn State Room of the UI Iowa Memorial Union. This lecture is part of the "Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum" series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry. Speakers address issues from a Christian perspective, and everyone is welcome to join the discussion. For more information, contact Ed Laarman at 319-341-0007, or see

Ruth White to speak at Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium Feb. 1

Ruth White, a former educator and human rights advocate, will discuss “Dr. King and the Continuing Need for Cultural Competence" at the UI College of Education's Martin Luther King Jr. Research Symposium from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Jones Commons at the UI Lindquist Center. White has a long-standing history of supporting youths, especially minorities, to gain an education inside and out of the classroom, and she will bring her experiences and insight on diversity to the symposium.
A number of UI College of Education students will present their diversity research and service projects at the event, and posters emphasizing research on diversity issues within education will be on display. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information on the UI College of Education see For more information on the UI College of Education Diversity Committee, see

Hands-on discussion with Van Allen biographer Abigail Foerstner Feb. 1

Abigail Foerstner, author of "James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles," will visit the UI Libraries to discuss her approach to researching and writing this biography at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the special collections classroom on the third floor of the UI Main Library. Foerstner blends space science drama, military agendas, cold war politics and the events of Van Allen's lengthy career to create the first biography of this highly influential physicist, published by the UI Press. For more information, see

'Behind the Scenes at the UI Museum of Art' course begins Feb. 7

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI Center on Aging is offering "Behind the Scenes at the UI Museum of Art: Off the Beaten Path" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday for three weeks beginning Feb. 7 at the UI Museum of Art. Available to adults age 50 and older, the course will give students an inside look at the exhibition "VOOM Portraits Robert Wilson" as well as other artworks from the museum's collections. Enrollment is $25 per person. Information and registration is available online at or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221.

Business students to analyze, rate commercials during Super Bowl

Students in the Tippie College of Business' Graduate Marketing Association will hold their annual TV commercial critique during this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb 3. In recent years, the Super Bowl has become as well known for its sponsors' creative and often cutting edge TV commercials as the game, and each year, marketing students in the full-time MBA program hold a party to critique the ads. Afterwards, the students will rate the best ad, worst ad, funniest ad, and ad with the most impact. The party begins at 3 p.m. at 614 E. Jefferson St., Apt. 3, in Iowa City. For more information contact Megan O'Rourke at 651-587-5277 or at


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