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March 31, 2009

At A Glance

Budget site receives 400th e-mail

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students continue to send cost-saving suggestions to university leadership through the UI Budget Web site. As of March 30, more than 400 e-mails offering a wide range of suggestions have been submitted. Some 14,827 people have visited the site since its launch in February.

To view submitted comments, visit

IMU footbridge to remain closed until fall

The IMU footbridge over the Iowa River, which has been closed since June 2008 following the flood, will remain closed until just prior to the opening of the fall semester. A new steam line is currently being installed across the IMU footbridge and the bridge deck is being removed as part of that project. Additional work will occur including deck replacement. Under this project, the IMU footbridge, which connects the east campus with the arts campus, is scheduled to be reopened August 10.

White and D'Ambrosio read April 4

Renowned novelist, memoirist, biographer and literary critic Edmund White will be joined by University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Charles D'Ambrosio in a free reading at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in the Mill restaurant in downtown Iowa City. The reading is co-sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and the Mission Creek Festival.

White's "A Boy's Own Story," published in 1982 as the first of his trilogy of autobiographical novels, has just been republished. It is a groundbreaking tale of sexual awakening in which the narrator in the 1950s expresses his conflicting desires. White's biography "Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel," was also published recently, following his critically acclaimed biographies of Proust and Genet. The Genet biography won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lambda Literary Award.

D'Ambrosio is the author of two acclaimed books of short stories, "The Point" and "The Dead Fish Museum," and the essay collection "Orphans." His 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 honors including a Michener Fellowship at the UI and the Aga Khan Prize.

Havens to discuss TV portrayals of African America life April 6

Tim Havens, a UI associate professor in communication studies and African American studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present "Black Television After Broadcasting: Globalization, Digitalization, and Portrayals of African American Life on Television" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Havens will discuss how, since television began, African American portrayals have been a hot political topic. He will also explain that, as television has become a worldwide industry, international forces have increasingly shaped U.S. portrayals of African Americans. The introduction of digital satellite channels, Internet video distribution, and television over mobile devices have simultaneously encouraged those portrayals.

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

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

Annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, to take place April 10

The University of Iowa International Crossroads Community will hold its annual Latin dance festival, Gusto Latino, from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 10, in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. and a dance contest will take place later that night. Live music will be provided by Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, an 11-piece Latin jazz dance band featuring local musicians.

This year's dance festival is being co-sponsored by the UI chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Proceeds from the event will help fund an EWB project to work with a health clinic in Las Mangas, Honduras.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend this event, contact Amy Green, 319-335-1433 or or visit


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