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March 17, 2008

At A Glance

Mutel speaks at UI Explorers lecture series March 27

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues the Explorers Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in its Biosphere Discovery Hub, with Cornelia Mutel, historian and archivist for IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering at the UI College of Engineering, presenting "A Tale of Two Problems: Water Quality and Oak Woodlands in Iowa."

The lecture series features UI researchers and professors presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment. Mutel will discuss her newly published book, "The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa," in which she examines Iowa's environmental past and present and suggests practical ways for restoring native species and reconnecting Iowans with the natural world.

The book will be available for purchase after the lecture, and Mutel will be available to sign them. For more information, call the museum at 319-335-0606 or visit

Heartland Center hosting occupational health symposium March 27-28

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety will host its 10th annual health symposium, "The Business of Occupational Health and Safety," Thursday and Friday, March 27-28, at Hotel Vetro in downtown Iowa City. Developed for health care practitioners and safety professionals but also open to the public, the two-day event will provide current information on health and safety in the workplace.

For more information, visit or contact Colleen Gross-Advani at 319-335-4684 or

Spring lecture series features UI African American Studies research

The Program in African American Studies at the University of Iowa is presenting a spring lecture series, "New Research in African American Studies." All talks are free and open to the public and will take place at 4 p.m. in 704 Jefferson Building, at the corner of Dubuque and Washington streets in downtown Iowa City.

The series spotlights research by some of the program's junior faculty members and is sponsored by the African American Studies Program and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence and Innovation Fund.

On Friday, April 11, Vershawn Ashanti Young, assistant professor of rhetoric and African-American Studies, will present "Compulsory Homosexuality and Black Masculine Performance."

On Friday, April 25, Deborah Whaley, assistant professor of American Studies and African American Studies, will present "African Goddesses, Mixed-Race Wonders, and Baadasssss Women: Black Female Comic Book Characters of the 1970s and 1980s."

On Friday, May 9, Bridget Harris Tsemo, assistant professor of rhetoric and African American Studies, will present "Our Unwashed Democracy: Class and Black Citizenship after Reconstruction."

Contact Miriam Thaggert at or 319-335-0467


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