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Oct. 31, 2008

At A Glance

Applications accepted for Jane A. Weiss Dissertation Memorial Scholarship

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) and the Women's Studies Department at the University of Iowa are accepting applications for the Jane A. Weiss Dissertation Memorial Scholarship. A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a UI doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on issues pertaining to women and who has demonstrated commitment to women's issues through activism in the university or larger community. Application materials must be received by February 6, 2009 and are available at or

This scholarship provides an important resource to students involved in feminist scholarship, according to WRAC Director Monique DiCarlo. Graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The scholarship award is presented annually at the UI Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women that will be held April 1, 2009.

For more information contact Rosemarie Scullion, Women's Studies Department in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at 319-335-0322.

'The Post-Apartheid Generation in South Africa' topic of Nov. 5 luncheon

Niq Mhlongo, a South African writer, will present "The Post-Apartheid Generation in South Africa" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Mhlongo was born in Midway-Chiawelo Soweto, South Africa in 1973, the eighth of 10 children. In the belief that he would be spared the violence that characterized most Soweto schools at the time, his parents sent him to Limpopo province, the former Northern Province, for his education. In 1990, his last year of school, classes were disrupted upon the release of former president Nelson Mandela from jail. As a consequence of the widespread turmoil at schools in this period, he failed to graduate from high school and had to repeat the grade, which he did successfully in 1991.

His first novel, "Dog Eat Dog" is an account of his experience as a young South African of the post-apartheid generation.

Oasis Falafel will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Monday, Nov. 3.

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

Enjoy Barbecue and the Blues at Hillcrest Market Place Nov. 7
During the Barbecue and the Blues event on Friday, Nov. 7, the Hillcrest Market Place dining room at the University of Iowa will roll to the sounds of the blues from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The evening will feature authentic St. Louis barbecue along with the electric blues from the Gary Gibson Group.

Gary "Bubba" Gibson of Cedar Rapids plays Chicago-style blues and has toured throughout the United States.

The all-you-care-to-eat menu includes BBQ beef brisket, smoked St. Louis ribs, smoked turkey sandwich, fire roasted corn and beans, ginger potato salad, spinach slaw, Hillcrest baked beans and grilled eggplant teriyaki.

The cost will be one regular meal swipe for students with University Housing dining contracts or $7.50 for others. The Hillcrest Market Place is on the lower level of Hillcrest Residence Hall on Grand Avenue and Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

This event is sponsored by University Housing Residential Dining and Residence Life. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI events.  If you are an individual with a disability and need special accommodations to participate in this event, please inform the Market Place checker.

Ruiter-Feenstra will present Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' on organ Nov. 9

University of Iowa alumna Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will play J.S. Bach's famed "Goldberg Variations" on an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City.

Ruiter-Feenstra's recital, jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

The "Goldberg" Variations was published in 1742 as the final volume of Bach's monumental "Clavier-Uebung" (literally, "Keyboard practice"). Bach gave a copy to the Russian Ambassador to Dresden, Count Keyserlingk, probably for the use of the count's young resident harpsichord player, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who had been Bach's student. Legend has it that Goldberg played the variations to entertain the Count when he had insomnia, but there is no authentic evidence for this story.

An advocate of improvisation and performance on historically based instruments, Ruiter-Feenstra received master's and doctoral degrees from the UI. Her book, "Bach and the Art of Improvisation," presents 18th-century improvisation techniques based the works of J.S. Bach. She is a founding member of the early music ensemble Voci dell'Anima. A more extensive biography may be found at

Nov. 10 talk to address roles of public health, law

"The Partnership of Public Health and Law Enforcement" will be the topic of a lecture presented by Joel Myers, biosecurity officer with the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, and Jonathan Simmons, clinical assistant professor in the UI Department of Anesthesia and a physician in the Emergency Treatment Center at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The talk will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility.

The free presentation, sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, also will be available as a live Web cast.

More information and advanced registration are available at


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