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Nov. 25, 2008

At A Glance

UI digital collection included in NINES project

A digital collection of a 19th Century Romantic poet's letters at the University of Iowa Libraries has found a new home in cyberspace, allowing greater access to the material and supporting an open exchange of knowledge among scholars.

The collection, "Leigh Hunt Online: The Letters," has been accepted into the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) ( project, which has over 300,000 peer-reviewed texts, images, and citations in 19th-century studies.

The collection of letters by British writer James Henry Leigh Hunt went online last year at the Libraries, with the support of a $20,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delma Foundation. It will eventually include 1,600 of Hunt's letters from 1790-1858, as well as transcripts and catalog records for those letters. Unlike other digitization projects that offer only the text of correspondence, this digital collection presents images of the letters, is full-text searchable and provides scholarly transcripts of the letters.

Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a writer, editor, critic and contemporary of Byron, Shelley and Keats during the Romantic and Victorian periods of the early 19th century.

"Leigh Hunt Online" can be found at

Community seminar to focus on 'Silent Symptoms of Heart Disease' Dec. 4

"The Silent Symptoms of Heart Disease" and a tour of the UI Heart and Vascular Center will be the focus of a special "Health For Your Lifetime" program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Theresa Brennan, M.D., a cardiovascular specialist, and Mark Iannettoni, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon, will discuss the often-unrecognized warning signs of heart disease. A tour of the UI Heart and Vascular Center, including the center's catheterization lab, will follow the presentation.

Free valet parking for this program will be provided at the hospital's main entrance. To register call 319-335-8886 or toll-free at 877-MEDIOWA (877-633-4692), or register online at

For more information visit

REACH receives Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored the University of Iowa College of Education's Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) Program with an Innovation Award.

REACH is an inclusive, two-year certificate program designed to help college-age students with cognitive and learning disabilities develop life skills and transition to successful employment and full participation in the community. Through the REACH program, students take core classes in academic enrichment, career development, and life and social skills for independent living. One of the first programs of its kind to be offered at a Research I university, REACH students are fully integrated into university life, including living in the residence halls.

For more information contact Katie Dasse at 319-384-2127 or

UI Composers Workshop will present new student compositions Dec. 6

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop and the UI student chapter of Society of Composers, Inc., will present a free concert of new works by students in the composition program of the UI School of Music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

New works on the Dec. 6 program will be:

--"Syn-K-ronous" for double bass and percussion by Israel Neuman.
--"Patterns of Courtesy" for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello by Daniel Roeder.
--"Phantom River" for violin and piano by Aaron Kirschner.
--Selections from "The Terraces of Purgatory" for soprano voice and piano by Timothy A. Davis.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, faculty member in the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

Society of Composers, Inc., is a national, independent organization concerned with the professional life of composers and those interested in contemporary composition.

The main showcase for student composers in the School of Music, the Composers Workshop presents a series of free concerts each semester.


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