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Sept. 19, 2008

At A Glance

More than 125 employers to be featured at UI fall career fair Sept. 23

A job and internship fair for University of Iowa students that includes more than 125 employers will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. Students of all majors, seeking full-time positions and internships, are encouraged to attend. Students should bring their student ID to check-in.

The fair is sponsored by the UI's Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center and will include such companies and organizations as Accenture, AEGON, Camp Adventure, Fifth Third Bank, Gazette Communications, Integrated DNA Technologies, Deere and Co., the Microsoft Corporation and Teach for America.

For more information and a full list of participating employers, visit:

UI Center for Human Rights to host Night of 1,000 Conversations Sept. 25

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will host a discussion about how post-9/11 immigration policies of the U.S. government have affected individuals and communities locally and nationally. The discussion will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Room 1117, University Capitol Center.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will focus particularly on six topics: United States immigration policies, the experiences of documented and undocumented immigrants in Iowa, the recent immigration raids in Iowa and their effects on the community, the process of immigration trials, and immigration detention in the United States.

This event is part of the national Night of 1000 Conversations, convened by the Rights Working Group. For more information or a complete schedule, see

Janice Wenger will present fortepiano recital Sept. 28

Janice Wenger, who teaches piano at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will perform 18th-century sonatas on the fortepiano for a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

An 18th- and early 19th-century predecessor of the modern concert grand, the fortepiano generally has a lighter and brighter sound than the modern piano. In music of the Classic period, it is considered the historically appropriate instrument, because its sound is much closer to what the composer would have heard.

Wenger's guest recital is sponsored by the UI School of Music. The program will feature sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, Haydn and Mozart, and -- from 1801 -- Beethoven's popular "Moonlight" Sonata.

Wenger will perform on a fortepiano built in 2006 by Paul McNulty, an American working in the Czech Republic, as an exact copy of a Viennese instrument from 1802.

Wenger has appeared as recitalist and professional accompanist throughout the United States, including national meetings of the College Music Society, the Music Educators National Conference, and other professional musical organizations. For more:

Poets Weiss and Crenner read Oct. 1

Poets David Weiss and Jim Crenner, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni who are the current and past editors of the Seneca Review, will read from their work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Weiss' new book-length poem is "GNOMON," which takes its name from the raised part of a sundial; and University of Iowa alumnus Crenner's recent collection is "Drinks at the Stand-Up Tragedy Club," which spans a decade of poems, drafts and notebook entries.

Crenner co-founded the Seneca Review in 1970. He is the author of two previous books of poetry, "The Aging Ghost" and "My Hat Flies on Again." He studied under the late Donald Justice at the UI Writers' Workshop, and is now an emeritus professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Weiss, the current editor of the Seneca review, is the author of two previous collections of poems, "The Fourth Part of the World" and "The Pail of Steam," and a novel, "The Mensch." He has also published numerous essays on poetry, and he teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Iowa Center for Developmental and Learning Sciences hosts Oct. 3 workshop

Academics and researchers in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and communication sciences are invited to attend a Friday, Oct. 3, workshop on "Neural Plasticity Across Multiple Time Scales." The free, public workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Asif Ghazanfar of Princeton University will discuss the embodied nature of primate communication, Joan Stiles of the University of California, San Diego, will speak on "Fundamentals of Brain Development: Integrating Nature and Nurture," and UI psychologist Mark Blumberg will discuss sleep and the development of body, brain and behavior.

The conference is presented by the Iowa Center for Developmental and Learning Sciences, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with funding from the Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund.

CONTACT: Julie Ostrem, 319-335-6602;

IP seeks nominations for Outstanding International Achievement awards

In celebration of the ninth annual International Education Week, International Programs is seeking nominations for the second annual Outstanding International Achievement awards.

Each year, the University of Iowa recognizes two individuals -- one UI student and one community member -- for their significant contributions and accomplishments in advancing international understanding and education to the campus, community, state, and beyond.

Please visit for nomination forms. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

Bolton receives national Inspire Integrity Award

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, selected UI English Professor Linda Bolton as the national recipient of the Inspire Integrity Awards.

Students and colleagues recommended Bolton for creating rigorous academic assignments, fostering energetic classroom discussions and using community service as a tool to help students develop empathy and a sense of ethical responsibility for their community.

Bolton received a stipend of $3,000, and a $2,500 contribution was made in her name to establish a scholarship in the Department of English.


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