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Oct. 30, 2008

At A Glance

Memorial for Latin American history expert Hale set for Oct. 30

A memorial gathering will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 2025-D University Capitol Centre to honor Charles Hale, a well-known expert on Latin American history, University of Iowa professor emeritus of Latin American history, and long-time supporter of Latin American studies on campus.

Hale, who died Sept. 29 in Seattle of congestive heart failure, was an authority on Latin American liberalism and intellectual history. Only a week before his death, Stanford University Press published "Emilio Rabasa and the Survival of Porfirian Liberalism: The Man, His Career, and His Ideas, 1856-1930", Hale's biography of an eminent Mexican jurist.

Hale was a UI faculty member from 1966-97. During his 30-year teaching career, he served as assistant chair of history from 1970-73 and chair of the department from 1977-80. He directed the Latin American Studies Program for two terms, from 1982-84 and 1989-91, and co-directed the program from 1994-96.

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'Fossil Guy' discusses herbivore dinosaurs Nov. 8

Don Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist and UI staff member also known as "The Fossil Guy," will present "Veggiesauruses Large and Small" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall Auditorium.

Johnson's presentation will consist of a 20-minute talk introducing visitors to plant-eating dinosaurs, followed by a hands-on, question-and-answer session using his collection of ancient fossils and artifacts. Visitors will learn how various physical adaptations -- a duck bill, horn, or spike -- aided dinosaurs in chewing their food, defending against predators, and other activities. They can also see some fossil bones of a plant-eating dinosaur, "Laura, the Juvenile Duck-billed Dinosaur." More information is at

"Fossil Guy" presentations are geared toward elementary-age schoolchildren, but dinosaur lovers of all ages are invited to attend.

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Wisdom of world's oldest people is subject of lecture Nov. 12

Jerry Friedman, photographer and author of "Earth's Elders: The Wisdom of the World's Oldest People," will present the University of Iowa College of Nursing Woodrow W. Morris Lectureship, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the E.W. Lehman Ballroom at Hotel Vetro in Iowa City.

Friedman spent four years interviewing the 60 oldest people on Earth and is the leading expert on supercentenarians, those who have lived 110 years or more. His book documents the common threads that connect supercentenarians and hint at the secret to their longevity.

The event is sponsored by the UI College of Nursing Adult and Gerontology Area of Study, the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, and the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

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