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Sept. 2, 2008

At A Glance

Andersen to speak on evolution and Christian faith

At the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum, Arnold E. Andersen, M.D., professor of psychiatry in the UI College of Medicine, will speak on the topic of "Evolution and Christian Faith: Unnecessary Conflict?" The talk, followed by discussion, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Multipurpose Room of the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E Jefferson St. in Iowa City.

The talk will look at the intersection of evolutionary science and faith, examining intrinsic versus unnecessary areas of conflict, as well as a suggested resolution to the science/faith conflict.

The forum, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets at noon on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Because of flooding, the event has been temporarily moved from the Iowa Memorial Union to the Newman Catholic Student Center. 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 or 319-341-0007.

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture explores China's future Sept. 8

Robert Scher, an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm, will present "China on the Rise: What's Next?" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Monday, Sept. 8 at Old Brick Church, 26 E. Market St in Iowa City. The National Security Network is also co-sponsoring this lecture.

With more than 17 years of experience in Asian bilateral security alliances and partnerships with the Departments of Defense and State, Scher will focus on questions regarding the future relationship with the United States as China emerges as an economic and geopolitical rival.

At Booz Allen Hamilton, Scher is a part of the International Defense Cooperation and International Ministries of Defense practices in Washington D.C., where he focuses on providing assistance to Asian nations on improving their defense and national security decision-making analysis and processes. He also works as a consultant.

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 Friday, Sept. 5.

For more information visit

UI to host national 'Healthy Minds Across America' forum Sept. 14

The University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry will host a "Healthy Minds Across America" presentation Sept. 14, one of 48 free public forums across the United States and Canada focusing on mental health research.

The forum will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF). UI psychiatrists Chadi Calarge, M.D., Jess Fiedorowicz, M.D., and Robert Philibert, M.D., will give presentations, and fellow faculty member Del Miller, M.D., will serve as moderator.

"Healthy Minds Across America" is organized by NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). For details visit

To reserve a seat at the UI forum, send an e-mail to or call toll free 800-829-8289.


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