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March 19, 2008

At A Glance

'Religion, Literature and the Arts' conference set for March 27-29

"Religion, Literature, and the Arts" will take place at the UI March 27-29. The interdisciplinary conference is free and open to the public.

The conference features two internationally famous scholars. Thomas J.J. Altizer, professor emeritus at the University of New York at Stony Brook, will present "The Apocalypse of God" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in 1505 Seamans Center. David Jasper, professor of theology and literature at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, will present "Finnegan's Wake and Liturgical Reading" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Papers by UI religious studies professor David Klemm, UI English Professor Lori Branch, Mattias Martenson, associate professor of theology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Alison Jasper, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Stirling, Scotland, will be presented from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, in 205 Adler Journalism Building. Graduate students will present papers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 in first floor rooms of the Adler Journalism Building.

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, the CLAS Departments of Religious Studies and English, and UI International Programs.

April 8 conference will focus on health, environment and bioeconomy

The UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination will host "Keep it Small, Keep it All: Cultivating the Bioeconomy at the Local Scale" on Tuesday, April 8, at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel. The conference will highlight the efforts of individuals, organizations and communities to promote health and environment on a small and decentralized scale. Speakers will address local energy options from small-fuel production to electrical generation; the economic, health, and environmental impact of local food production and distribution; and policies that promote and hinder small-scale efficiencies.

Conference registration is $30. For more information, visit or contact David Riley at 319-335-4550 or


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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.