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Oct. 21, 2008

At A Glance

Confucius Institute hosts October calligraphy events Oct. 24 and 31

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will offer two special calligraphy events in October featuring Ramon Lim, an accomplished calligrapher.

A calligraphy reception, exhibit and lecture will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The exhibit will feature calligraphy works by Lim, who will also present a lecture, "Introduction to Calligraphy." This event is free and open to the public.

Lim will lead a hands-on calligraphy class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 in 1117 University Capitol Centre. This class is intended for adults, high school students and youth in grades five through eight, if accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit, e-mail or call Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159.

Mental disability rights advocate to speak Oct. 27

Eric Rosenthal, executive director of Mental Disability Rights International, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 27 in the Seamans Center's Stanley Auditorium (Room 1505) at the University of Iowa.

The free lecture titled "Forgotten no More: Worldwide Human Rights Violations Against People with Disabilities and the Promise of the New United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee, UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) and the UI Office of Governmental Relations.

Rosenthal is founder and executive director of Mental Disability Rights International (, an advocacy organization dedicated to the international recognition and enforcement of the rights of people with disabilities. Since establishing MDRI in 1993, Rosenthal has trained human rights and disability activists and provided technical assistance to governments and international development organizations worldwide.

Rosenthal has conducted investigations in 23 countries of Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas and published reports on the human rights of people with disabilities in eight countries. One report led to legislation to make U.S. foreign assistance accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information contact the Office of Governmental Relations at 319-335-3714 or the UICHR at 319-335-0483.

Mandarin Chinese community classes begin week of Oct. 27

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is offering beginning Mandarin Chinese community classes in the Quad Cities and Iowa City.

Classes begin in Bettendorf Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Rivermont Collegiate High School, 1821 Sunset Drive. Level one and two classes will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 18.

Classes begin in Iowa City on Monday, Oct. 27 on the UI campus, 1100 University Capitol Centre. Level one classes will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 17. Level two classes will meet from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. through Dec. 17.

There is a $50 course fee plus a materials fee of $30 for first time enrollees. Level one classes are designed for adults and high school students without previous training in Mandarin Chinese.

Level two classes are designed for persons who have successfully completed a level one class or who have a comparable amount of past coursework in Mandarin Chinese.

Enrollment forms are available at

For more information contact Xiqing Zheng at 319-335-3857 or Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 or

Blood and marrow transplant reunion to 'Celebrate Life' Oct. 31

Patients and their families are invited to attend the 11th Annual Celebrating Life Reunion hosted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Specialists at UI Hospitals and Clinics performed the first marrow transplant there in 1980. Since then, more than 1,700 people have received blood and marrow transplants there. The unit currently transplants more than 75 people each year.

For more information about the reunion call 1-800-944-8220.


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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.