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July 1, 2009

At A Glance

UI College of Education video featured on

A University of Iowa video titled "Teacher Education at Iowa: Creating Teachers for the Future" is featured on the Web site The video highlights the UI College of Education and how UI students hone their teaching skills through learning in the classroom as well as student teaching. The video was created to help students gain a better perspective of the education major. View the video online at

College Majors 101 Founder Andrew Leidner said the video is well done and that the organization was honored to post it to its Web site.

College Majors 101 is an education resource dedicated to teaching students about different college majors in depth so that they can make more informed college and career choices. Kevin Kelley, writer/director of visual media with the Center for Media Production, created and produced the video with assistance from the College of Education external relations staff. For more information on the UI College of Education, visit


WRAC co-sponsors forum on same-sex marriage pros, cons July 7

Same-sex couples can learn about the pros and cons of legal marriage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at a forum titled "Marriage: Things to Consider Before Tying the Knot" at the Hotel Vetro Conference Center in downtown Iowa City. The forum, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center and the Connections Forum.

Area attorney Eddi Krug will share information about various legal aspects of marriage and how couples may or may not benefit. She won't be giving legal advice, but will help shed light on factors that couples might take into account in considering the decision. Brad Brunick, senior staff psychologist with the University Counseling Service, will also participate in the discussion.

In April, Iowa became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. While many couples have already made their relationships legal, others are still contemplating what legal marriage might mean for their relationship. Krug is an attorney with 27 years experience. She has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts and has an active family law practice in North Liberty.

For more information contact WRAC at 319- 335-1486 or visit


Haberl to discuss Safeguard Iowa Partnership July 8

Jami Haberl, executive director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership, will discuss the partnership's role in bringing together a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from catastrophic events in Iowa. The talk will be held at noon Wednesday, July 8, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

The free presentation also will be available via streaming video on the Web. To register for the Web presentation, visit

The event is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health.


David Rhodes reads at Prairie Lights July 14

Wisconsin author David Rhodes, a 1971 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his acclaimed comeback novel, "Driftless," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa Writing University Web site:

Rhodes, who has been called the best American novelist you've never heard of, was absent from the literary scene for three decades, after a 1977 motorcycle accident left him paralyzed. His comeback novel features July Montgomery, the hero of "Rock Island Line," which was published in 1975.

The setting is Words, Wis., a town of only a few hundred people where life rages beneath the sleepy surface.

Rhodes has strong ties to Iowa. He completed his first novel, "The Last Fair Deal Going Down," while he was a student at the UI, and he wrote his second novel, "The Easter House," while living in Iowa City after graduation. "Rock Island Line" is set in Sharon Springs, Iowa.


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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.