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Nov. 26, 2008

At A Glance

Reitz named to prestigious international comparative law academy

University of Iowa law professor John Reitz has been elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Based in The Hague, the academy is the world's leading organization devoted to research, writing and intellectual exchange in all fields of law that have an international comparative law dimension. Much of its work is devoted to examining a wide range of challenges that face legal systems in different countries.

Reitz, an expert in international comparative law, will be one of only 333 members of the academy, which is made up largely of judges and legal scholars from 44 countries.

UI Global Health Club presents 'Project [RED]Way: Couture for a Cause' Dec. 4

The University of Iowa Global Health Club will host a fashion show, "Project [RED]Way: Couture for a Cause," to promote HIV/AIDS awareness at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Public Space One, in the basement of the Jefferson Building, located at 129 E. Washington St. in Iowa City.

Contestants must create outfits inspired by the [RED] HIV/AIDS Awareness theme using any materials but clothing. The winner of the fashion show will be determined by cash votes from the audience. The team receiving the most votes will be awarded with prizes provided by local business. All proceeds will benefit Partners in Health Clinics.

To sign up contact Iowa global Health Club at with the name and phone number of one team member by Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The UI improvisational group Paperback Rhino will perform at 7 p.m. and the band Broken Spokes will perform after the fashion show. Free pizza and refreshments will be served. The fashion show is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Annah Vollstedt at

UI Sports Medicine hosts evening with wrestling coach Brands Dec. 5

UI Sports Medicine will sponsor an evening of dinner and discussion with UI Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Brands is the 2008 Big Ten Wrestling Coach of the Year, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, and a member of the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Jim Gibbons, a broadcaster for PBS, ESPN and the Big Ten Network, and former ISU head wrestling coach, will join Brands. Tim Johnson, the voice of Iowa Public Television's "College Wrestling" series, will serve as moderator.

For more information and to reserve tickets call 319-335-8599. Cost is $40 per person.

Dakwar to discuss the war on terror and human rights under Obama Dec. 5

Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Human Rights Program, will present "End of the War on Terror? Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism Under the Obama Administration" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Friday, Dec. 5 at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Dakwar has more than 10 years of human rights litigation and advocacy experience in the U.S. and abroad. He leads the ACLU human rights advocacy before the U.N. Human Rights Council and treaty bodies that regularly examine U.S. compliance with ratified human rights treaties. He is one of a team of ACLU lawyers litigating Ali v. Rumsfeld, a suit challenging U.S. interrogation and detention practices in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dakwar is also the co-chair of the American Constitution Society's Working Group on International Law and the Constitution.

Taste of China will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Tuesday, Dec. 2.

For more information visit or call 319-335-0351.

'Java Blend' presents John Richards Dec. 5

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter John Richards will perform live on Iowa Public Radio's performance series "Java Blend" at noon on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Richards has been writing and performing original folk, pop and rock music for 10 years. Since 2006 he has released two records and toured throughout the country under the name Consolation Champ.

The public is invited to be part of the live audience for this free show, which will be recorded for broadcast across the state on Iowa Public Radio. For broadcast times and stations visit

'Social Justice and Public Health' topic of Dec. 5 'Finding God at Iowa'

James Merchant, professor and former dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will speak on "Social Justice and Public Health" at the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The talk, followed by discussion, will be presented in the Penn State Room (Room 337) of the newly reopened Iowa Memorial Union.

Sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, the forum is held on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

For more information on the forums or to get on an email notification list about upcoming speakers, contact Ed Laarman at, 319-341-0007.

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.

UI president's holiday home tours Dec. 6, 7 to benefit Shelter House

People can enjoy a University of Iowa presidential holiday home tour and help a good cause when the Iowa City Junior Service League Holiday Home Tour features the residence of UI President Sally Mason. Tours will be given from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The president's residence, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is located at 102 Church Street in Iowa City. Admission is $10, payable to the Iowa City Junior League at the door, and all proceeds will be donated to Shelter House, a nonprofit agency offering temporary housing and supportive services that help individuals and families make the transition to more stable, productive lives. For more information on Shelter House visit

For more information or special accommodations to attend the holiday open house, contact Laura McLeran in the UI Office of the President at 319-335-3549.

For more information on the 100th anniversary of the president's residence visit


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