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March 13, 2009

At A Glance

UI receives family planning training grant

Jill Vibhakar, M.D., clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, announced today that the department has received a $394,702 grant to implement the Ryan Residency Family Planning Training Program.

The educational grant is meant to enhance resident and medical student education in family planning.

The Ryan Program, founded in 1999, is a privately funded national initiative based in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. It strives to integrate and enhance family planning training for obstetrics and gynecology residents in the United States and Canada.

Gotkowitz awarded John E. Fagg prize for 'A Revolution for Our Rights'

Laura Gotkowitz, an associate professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the American Historical Association's 2008 John E. Fagg prize for best publication in the history of Spain and Latin America for her book, "A Revolution for Our Rights: Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880-1952" (Duke University Press, 2007).

The book is a critical reassessment of the causes and significance of the Bolivian Revolution of 1952. Historians have tended to view the revolution as the result of reformist political projects that emerged in the 1930s. Gotkowitz argues that the revolution had deeper roots in the indigenous struggles for land and justice that swept through Bolivia during the first half of the twentieth century. By recounting indigenous mobilization in the decades preceding the revolution, the book illuminates a crucial chapter in the long history behind present-day struggles in Bolivia and contributes to an understanding of indigenous politics in modern Latin America more broadly.

Established through a bequest from Fagg, professor of Latin American history at New York University from 1945 to 1981, this prize will be conferred annually from 2001 to 2011.

Akyea to discuss Cuban travels, Afro-Cuban dance March 23

Modei Akyea, an instructor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Dance, will present, "Cuban Travelogue: Shekeres at a Crossroad," as a part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library.

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

Akyea will present his notes and observations on his reactions to the numerous layers of knowledge he encountered after short stays in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, studying Afro-Cuban folkloric dance.

Akyea's talk will serve as a preview to Gusto Latino, UI's annual salsa dance festival sponsored by the International Crossroads Community. Gusto Latino will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 10, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

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

TIAA-CREF's Ferguson to discuss economy, higher education in lecture March 25

Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, will speak at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 in the Senate Chambers of Old Capitol.

Admission to Ferguson's lecture, "Economic Outlook and its Implications for Higher Education," is free and open to the public.

Ferguson has led the mutual fund and annuity firm since April. Before that he was vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He was on the board from 1997 to 2006 and served as its vice chair from 1999.

D'Ambrosio to present 'Slick Story' for March 27 Faculty Lecture Series

Charles D'Ambrosio, an alumnus and visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present "The Slick Story," an installment in the Writers' Workshop Faculty Lecture Series, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the UI Dey House.

The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. Writers' Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang founded the lecture series to make the expertise of UI writing faculty -- in demand throughout the country and the world -- more accessible to the local community.

D'Ambrosio is the author of two acclaimed books of short stories, "The Point" and "The Dead Fish Museum," and "Orphans," an essay collection.

D'Ambrosio's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review and in numerous anthologies, including "Best American Short Stories." His work has received a number of prizes including a James Michener Fellowship at the UI and the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction.

Children can hear Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' at Old Capitol Museum March 29

Old Capitol Museum will offer children the chance to hear the tale of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and construct their own unique monsters at "Frankenstein's Monster Madness at the Museum!" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29. The program, which had been adapted for a younger audience, is free and open to the public.

"Frankenstein's Monster Madness" is just the first of many presented by Old Capitol Museum in conjunction with the exhibition "'Fresh Threads of Connection': Mother Nature and British Women Writers," in the Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery. This exhibition now runs through Sunday, July 26; it had been scheduled to be on display through Sunday, May 24.

Guest-curated for Old Capitol Museum by Bridget Draxler, a UI graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in 18th century British literature, "'Fresh Threads of Connection'" examines the lives and work of ten extraordinary British women writers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Featured writers include Beatrix Potter, author of beloved children's tales about Peter Rabbit, Jane Austen ("Pride and Prejudice"), Anna Sewell ("Black Beauty"), Charlotte Brontë ("Jane Eyre"), and more.

For more information on this and other Old Capitol Museum programs visit or call 319-335-0548.

Community seminar to focus on women's bladder health March 31

"Women's Bladder Health: Through the Years" will be the focus of the next Health For Your Lifetime program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the UI Women's Health Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Catherine Bradley, M.D., and Ali Luck, M.D., both physicians in the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will present a comprehensive overview of women's bladder health. Discussion will include:

--Diagnosing and treating urinary leakage.
--What women can do to help ease symptoms.
--The reproductive years.
--Bladder infections and overactive bladders.
--Pelvic organ prolapse.

To register for this free community program call 319-384-1743 or 877-MEDIOWA, or register online at

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