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March 3, 2009

At A Glance

Shah to discuss exploitation of foreign workers at March 5 luncheon

Shivali Shah, an immigration attorney, journalist and immigrants' rights activist, will present "Exploitation of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in the U.S.: The H-1B Visa and the Modern Economy" at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Thursday, March 5, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Shah was a founder of Kiran: Domestic Violence and Crisis Services for South Asians in North Carolina where she first starting working with battered wives of foreign workers during law school. Later she conducted a survey of 100 women on the H-4 dependent spouse visa and was instrumental in getting a provision into the Violence Against Women Act allowing battered dependent spouses work authorization. She has written extensively on the subject.

Shah's talk is part of a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

Mama's Deli will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Wednesday, March 4.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit

Law professor to discuss 'Jena Six' legal defense in lecture March 6

A University of Miami law professor will analyze what he considers the troubling legal defense of a group of black Louisiana high school students known as the "Jena Six" on Friday, March 6, at the College of Law. The students beat up a white student in 2006 following the hanging of two nooses on a tree in their high school courtyard in the town of Jena.

Anthony Alfieri criticizes what he calls the "antebellum defense" of the Jena Six, which offers coded racial narratives to diminish the mental capacity and moral character of black offenders. Rooted in stereotypes about black cultural inferiority, the defense is premised on black male lawbreaking being the result of "innate" criminal character rather than environmental deprivation, cultural deviance, or socioeconomic oppression.

Alfieri's lecture starts at 2 p.m. in Room 225 in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free; one hour of CLE ethics credit is available.

CAB Night Hawks presents 'A Night on the Boardwalk' March 6

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) at the University of Iowa is hosting a free Late Night at Iowa event from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, March 6, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The CAB Night Hawks group is presenting "A Night on the Boardwalk" where students can enter a limbo competition, listen to a steel drum band, and make their own flip-flops. CAB members will run different game stations, including Putt-putt golf, bag toss and Wii video games. Free food, a caricature artist, and photo novelties will also be available. Door prizes, such as an iPod touch, will be given away.

Jillian Jorgensen, Night Hawks Director said CAB organized this event to get students in the mood for spring break and as an alternative to the downtown scene.

This is one of the first events receiving a portion of funding from a $50,000 Late Night at Iowa grant established by the Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

For more information see the CAB Facebook page or call 319-353-1990 or 319-335-3059.

Eko to discuss legal analysis of Internet law and policies March 9

Lyombe Eko, associate professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present, "Many Spiders; One World Wide Web: Towards a Taxonomy of Internet Law and Regulation" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes places from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Eko will speak about a comparative legal analysis of issues of Internet law and policy at the national, supranational and international levels. The issues explored will include freedom of express and intellectual property.

For more information and a complete schedule of events visit or or contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433 or

Careers for Change lecture to feature Anne Fadiman March 9

Anne Fadiman, award-winning author, essayist, editor and professor, will present "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: How Culture Complicates Medicine." The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Buchanan Auditorium, Room W10 in the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus, as part of the UI Center for Human Rights' Careers for Change speaker series.

Fadiman, a Yale University professor, will speak on her book, "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," which chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, Calif. Besides authoring books, Fadiman is also a Yale University English professor, and she formerly edited "The American Scholar" for seven years. Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among many other publications. Fadiman has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays.

Wangeman to discuss venture capital from the investor's viewpoint March 12

Venture capitalist Dennis Wangeman will discuss the capital raising process from an investor's point of view when he speaks to the University of Iowa Entrepreneurial Ventures Group at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Room 2117 of the Medical and Educational Research Facility.

Wangeman is president of Corridor Management Co. LLC, and is a former vice president and chief financial officer of St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Admission to the presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register by March 4 visit

UI student to participate in 2009 Peace Camp in Jordan March 25-April 5

Michelle Lee, a University of Iowa student majoring in international studies with a premedicine interest, was chosen to participate in the 2009 Peace Camp in Jordan March 25 through April 5.

Lee, a sophomore from Barrington, Ill., was chosen from more than 400 applicants and is one of only 10 U.S. students who will participate and the only student from a Midwestern university.

Lee will perform humanitarian work and meet with government officials. She will also visit the Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Center for the disabled, local schools, and will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of U.S.-Jordanian diplomatic relations with embassy and government officials.

Lee was chosen because of her international experiences and humanitarian work, including traveling through People to People to Italy, France, Malta, England, Ireland and Wales as well as Kansas City. She has also volunteered with People to People in the Operation Iraqi Children Warehouse and has volunteered in South Dakota in the areas of education and reservation life.

For more information on People to People visit

For more information on the international studies major visit


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