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March 21, 2008

At A Glance

Avnet Inc. executive Bassett to speak March 27

Therese Bassett, vice president of corporate strategy and business intelligence for Avnet Inc., will speak at the Tippie College of Business on Thursday, March 27. Bassett will speak at 11:30 a.m. in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Building and again at 3:55 p.m. in Room W10. Both events are open to the public.

Based in Phoenix, Avnet is the largest worldwide distributor of computer equipment and electronic components. As the head of corporate planning, Bassett works with Avnet's executive leaders to develop corporate strategy.

Bassett has been with Avnet since 1993. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, and post-graduate certifications in corporate strategy development from the University of Chicago, and in finance from the University of California-Los Angeles.

UI Writers' Workshop guests Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop will read March 31

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop guests Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop will present a free poetry reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus. They are the co-editors of Burning Deck Press, which has been in operation for more than 45 years.

Keith Waldrop's first book of poems, "A Windmill Near Calvary," was nominated for the National Book Award, and his subsequent books include poetry, fiction and memoir. Both he and his wife have been made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France.

Rosmarie Waldrop, who was born in Germany, has published a half-dozen books of poetry and two novels, and her many translations from German and French include 14 volumes of Edmond Jabe's work. She has received awards or fellowships from the NEA, the Fund for Poetry, the Howard Foundation, the DAAD Berlin Artists' Program, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lecture will offer 'A Rationale of Ugliness' March 31

Patricia Leighten, an art historian from Duke University, will speak on "A Rationale of Ugliness: Primitivism at the Interface of Cubism and Its Audience, 1908-1913," at 5 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Room 116 of the University of Iowa's Art Building West.

The lecture, which was postponed from February because of weather, is free and open to the public.

Leighten is co-author of "Cubism and Culture," published in 2001 by Thames & Hudson, and "A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914," forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. She is currently completing "A Politics of Form: Art, Anarchism and Audience in Avant-Guerre Paris," forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. See

Lippman, Kidd, Cahill, Ferris on 'Live from Prairie Lights' March 31-April 4

Fiction writers Laura Lippman, Chip Kidd and Joshua Ferris, and nonfiction writer Thomas Cahill will read for University of Iowa radio station WSUI's "Live from Prairie Lights" March 31 through April 4.

The free events, hosted by Julie Englander at 7 p.m. in Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., downtown Iowa City (with one exception), will be:

--Whodunit bestseller Lippman reading from "Another Thing to Fall," the latest volume in her Tess Monaghan Mysteries, on Monday, March 31.
--Book designer Kidd reading from "The Learners," his new marketing satire, the sequel to "Cheese Monkeys," on Tuesday, April 1.
--Historian Cahill, reading from "Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World," just out in paperback, on Wednesday, April 2, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.
--UI English/philosophy alumnus Ferris reading from his 2007 National Book Award finalist, "Then We Came to the End," also just out in paperback, on Friday, April 4.

Listen to the readings live via the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site at The events will be recorded for the "Live from Prairie Lights" series, which airs at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays on WSUI-AM 910 in Iowa City and WOI-AM 640 in Ames.

Osher course on UI Museum of Art's Special Collections begins April 3

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa Center on Aging is offering "Behind the Scenes at the UI Museum of Art: Special Collection" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays April 3, 10 and 17. Participants will learn about installing exhibitions, managing loans of artwork to and from other institutions, and art conservation and digital imaging techniques. Tours of the UI Museum of Art's storage facilities and its ceramics and 20th century European and American painting collections also are planned. Enrollment is $25 per person.

Information and registration is available online at or contact Linsey Abbott, 319-384-4221.

Joe Fyfe will present visiting artist lecture April 3

Joe Fyfe, an American painter who has lived and worked in Vietnam, will speak "On his work, on the work of others, & on other places" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Room 240 of the University of Iowa's Art Building West.

Fyfe's lecture, which is sponsored by the Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program and the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and open to the public.

Fyfe has described himself as "a painter and writer who has had solo shows of his paintings in New York, Paris, and Ho Chi Minh City." See or

The Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers Distinguished Visiting Artists Program is made possible by the support of Suzanne L. Tick and Terrance Mowers. The program brings interdisciplinary artists to the UI for public talks, studio visits, forums and informal meeting with students.

Writers' Workshop alumnus Peter Waldor presents April 3 reading

Poet Peter Waldor, an alumnus of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Waldor's new book is "Door to a Noisy Room." Former workshop faculty member Gerald Stern wrote, "It's such a delight when something catches you by surprise and makes you read on and on. So it is with Waldor, a superb lyric, gnomic and Gnostic poet."

Li-Young Lee commented, "What strange rooms and quirky music Waldor's poems open onto. His vision proves to us that the imaginal and the rational share equal claims on perception. The heart/mind of this work spiritualizes the material and materializes the soul."

Waldor's poems have been published or are forthcoming in many magazines, including the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares and the Iowa Review. He works in the insurance business in New Jersey.

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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