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July 7, 2009

At A Glance

Goodman to discuss helping animals during disasters July 9

Misha Goodman, director of Iowa City Animal Services and the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, will discuss the steps emergency responders and citizens can take to help pets during a disaster. The talk will be held at noon Thursday, July 9, in Room 2117 of the Medical Education and Research Facility on the University of Iowa campus.

The free presentation, "Animals in Disasters: What Can You Do?" 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, Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Safeguard Iowa Partnership and Iowa Contingency Planners.

Poet Todd Boss reads at Prairie Lights July 16

Poet Todd Boss, a 1971 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his debut collection, "Yellowrocket," at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 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:

Boss has been attracting attention, with poems in the Paris Review and The New Yorker, a series in Poetry and features on Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry." His first collection, set in the Midwest, alternately features a childhood Wisconsin farm, the record-breaking storm that destroyed it, and the turbulent marriage that recalls it.

Poems from "Yellowrocket" have been honored with the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Boss is the director of external affairs at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. He also blogs for Best American Poetry and was on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference in Alaska this spring.

Writers' Workshop alumnus J.C. Hallman reads at Prairie Lights July 17

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate J.C. Hallman will read from his debut fiction collection, "The Hospital for Bad Poets," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site:

In stories that explore the ways in which philosophy, scholarship and pop culture inform ordinary lives, Hallman's characters include an alienated young man who discovers the meaning of love in the pages of a biology textbook, and an adolescent boy who, as his father deserts his mother and his mother takes up with his English teacher, constructs a wicker man to repel successors and to summon his own adult identity.

A mother and son witness a father's backyard fling with a disturbed neighbor who has pruned a leafy cave out of the dividing hedge; and a young couple's romance is repeatedly interrupted by the intrusion of a narrator commenting on the phenomenon of eroticism.

Hallman previously wrote two nonfiction books, "The Chess Artist" and "The Devil is a Gentleman." "The Story About the Story" will be published later this year. Learn more at

UI public lectures celebrating International Year of Astronomy continue July 18

The UI series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a free, public talk, "Star Clusters: Cities of Stars," by Steven R. Spangler, professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center near Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

A map and directions to the observatory may be found at:

An observing session will follow the talk, if skies are clear.

Given by faculty and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, lectures are aimed at a non-scientific, family audience and followed by an informal discussion period. The remaining talks in the series, with all events beginning at 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, (except as noted for the July 18 program) include:

--Wednesday, Sept. 2, "Exploring the Ancient Climate of Mars," Ingrid A. Ukstins Peate.
--Wednesday, Oct. 14, "Black Holes of All Sizes," Philip Kaaret.

For further information, see: or contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy in advance at 319-335-1688.

John Beldon Scott becomes director of UI School of Art and Art History

John Beldon Scott, Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor of the Arts, is the new director of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Scott succeeds Dorothy Johnson, Roy J. Carver Professor of Art History, who has served as director of the school since 1995.

Scott holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University and masters and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. His field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of early modern Italy and the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.

He is the author of "Images of Nepotism: The Painted Ceilings of Palazzo Barberini" and "Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin," winner of the 2004 College Art Association's Charles Rufus Morey Prize; and co-author with Rodney P. Lehnertz of "The University of Iowa Guide to Campus Architecture," published by the UI Press.

He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome, the National Humanities Center, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Stanford Humanities Center, and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians.


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