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Oct. 26, 2009

At A Glance

UI Nonfiction Writing Program alumna Edelman reads Oct. 29

Hope Edelman, an alumna of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from her new book, "The Possibility of Everything," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live on

In 2000 Edelman was questioning her place in her marriage, her profession and the larger world. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya's disruptive imaginary friend. Confused about how to handle Maya and Dodo's apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice -- take her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping a shaman might help them banish Dodo from their lives.

Examining how an otherwise mainstream woman finds herself making this unorthodox choice, "The Possibility of Everything" chronicles the magical week in Central America that transformed Edelman from a person whose past had led her to believe only in the "proven" to someone open to the idea of larger, unseen forces.

Edelman, the acclaimed author of "Motherless Daughters" and "Motherless Mothers," is the recipient of a New York Times Notable Book designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction. She has been a regular at the UI Summer Writing Festival.


UI offers free health events Oct. 30

Students and experts from University of Iowa health disciplines will offer two free health events for the public Friday, Oct. 30.

A heartburn awareness event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Walgreens located at 2214 Muscatine Ave. in Iowa City. The event is part of activities UI College of Pharmacy students are holding during American Pharmacy Month.

An interdisciplinary health fair will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. near the carousel at Coral Ridge Mall. The event will offer bone density tests, dental exams, hearing tests, blood pressure checks and more. The UI College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, Carver College of Medicine and Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic will host the event.

For more information, contact Barbara Kelley at 319-335-7301 or


Fiction writer Michelle Huneven reads Oct. 30

Fiction writer Michelle Huneven will read from "Blame," her new novel, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live at the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late 20s with a brand-new doctorate from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. Two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in her driveway. Patsy, who was driving with a revoked license, spends the rest of her life -- in prison, getting sober, building a new life -- trying to atone. Then, decades later, another unimaginable piece of information turns up.

Huneven is the author of two previous novels, "Round Rock" and "Jamesland." She has received a General Electric Foundation Award for Younger Writers and a Whiting Writers' Award for fiction. Her nonfiction writing includes restaurant reviews for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Weekly, other food journalism and, with Bernadette Murphy, the "Tao Gals Guide to Real Estate." Visit her Web site at


University Choir performs Oct. 30

The University Choir, a major vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Congregational United Church of Christ at 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Under conductor David Stalter, UI director of choral activities, the choir will perform a set of compositions about the biblical King David by Thompson, Chorbajian, Mendelssohn and Zimmerman; and the "Five Flower Songs" by Britten.

The "Five Flower Songs" are settings of poetry by Robert Herrick, George Crabbe and John Clare, composed by Britten in 1951, in the midst of one of his most production periods, including the opera "Billy Budd" and the "Spring" Symphony.

University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50 to 60 singers, primarily composed of undergraduate students. They present four to five concerts throughout the year with limited touring, and combine with the University Symphony Orchestra to perform two major works each year. Read Stalter's biography at


Rutledge presents first of two Bach Project II concerts Oct. 30

Violist Christine Rutledge, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present the first of two 2009-10 Bach Project II concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church) on Riverside Dr. Free parking is available in the Hancher lot.

The free performance will feature the Bach Suites for solo viola nos. 2 in D minor, 3 in C Major and 6 in G Major (originally for solo cello).

The Bach Project started as an Arts and Humanities Initiative Award to study and perform works of J.S. Bach. Rutledge researched the Baroque style and performance practices in order to apply her findings to performance on modern viola.

In the process, she decided to learn the Baroque viola and bow. She was able to obtain a high-quality Baroque instrument and began studying with the noted Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. She created the "Baroque Seminar for Strings," teaching students to play Baroque string instruments in the school's La Fosse Collection.

Her research also resulted in a weeklong Iowa Bach Festival in March 2009. She is scheduled to record her transcriptions of the cello suites in the spring of 2010.


IWP Writers from Uzbekistan and Armenia read Oct. 30 at UI

International Writing Program (IWP) writers Salomat Vafo from Uzbekistan and Violet Grygorian from Armenia will present a free reading, with refreshments, at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Shambaugh House on the University of Iowa campus.

Grygorian was born in Tehran, but her family repatriated in Armenia in 1975. One of the founders of the literary journal Inqnagir, she currently serves as its editor. The author of four books of poems, Grigoryan has won the Writers' Union of Armenia poetry award and the Golden Cane prize in literature. Her poems have been anthologized in France, and in the English-language collections of Armenian literature. She participates in the IWP through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the William B. Quarton Foundation.

Vafo has published two story collections and two novels. Her work has been adapted for the screen, and she directed a documentary. A human rights activist, she received a state prize for a TV program about the Soviet-era "cotton case" proceedings. She participates in the IWP through the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Biographies of all the 2009 IWP writers are accessible at


Esposito performs all-Bach flute recital Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. (updated time)

Flutist Nicole Esposito, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El in an all-Bach sonata recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will be the Sonata in E Major BWV 1035, the Sonata in E minor BWV 1034, Sonata in E-flat Major BWV 1031 and Sonata in B Minor BWV 1030.

Bach's flute sonatas were written in the first half of the 18th century, a time when the transverse flute replaced the recorder as a solo instrument. He was inspired by the technical and expressive qualities and tonal colors that the flute made available.

Ad-El is one of Europe's most sought-after continuo players after winning the first prize at the Francois Shapira Competition in 1987. A founder of the Oslo Baroque soloists, he has been a soloist with most of the leading orchestras in Israel and has given recitals throughout Europe, the Far East, South and Central America, Austria and the United States.

Read Esposito's biography at


Arnone will perform work by the 'next Mozart' on Oct. 31 recital

Cellist Anthony Arnone, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by pianist James Giles from Northwestern University for a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Congregational United Methodist Church at 30 N. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

The program will include the third-ever performance by 17-year-old composer Jay Greenberg, who was featured on "60 Minutes" several years ago as the "next Mozart." Greenberg, who began playing the cello at age three and was writing his fifth symphony at the age of 12, has also been featured on NPR's "Performance Today" as part of their "Young Musicians" series and PRI's "From the Top." Joshua Bell gave the premiere of Greenberg's Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

Arnone and Giles will also play the 4th Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 2; and the Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor.

Read the performers' biographies at and


UI Percussion performs music by female composers Nov. 1

Iowa Percussion, under the direction of University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Dan Moore, will perform "Women Composers of Music for Percussion" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Members of Sigma Alpha Iota sorority will talk about the composers in a pre-concert event at 2:20 p.m. Both the talk and the concert are free and the public is invited to attend.

The program will include some of the earliest music for percussion ensemble, composed by Johanna Magdalena Beyer, a contemporary of John Cage, Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell; "Splendid Wood" for six performers on three marimbas by Jennifer Higdon; and "Spherical Music" for 12 performers on six marimbas by Eve Beglarian.

Beglarian is on a yearlong kayak journey down the Mississippi River, seeking inspiration for works based on the experience. The pre-concert talk will include a live Internet interview with Beglarian. Follow her progress on her blog at

The concert will also feature the North American premiere of "Centzontli" (mockingbird) by Mexican composer Claudia Herreras Guerra; "Chico de Chiapas" a by NYC-based composer Lalo; and "For My Mom" by UI alumna Michelle Colton.


Barkey to speak about eliminating lymphatic filariasis in Haiti Nov. 2

Nanette Barkey, University of Iowa assistant professor in the department of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, will talk about problems surrounding the program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) in Haiti at noon Monday, Nov. 2, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library in downtown Iowa City. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by the African eye worm, a microscopic thread-like worm. The disease can be eliminated in a population if everyone takes a drug once a year for five to seven years. Barkey will place this example in the larger context of deeper global health issues. During the spring of 2009, Barkey studied this disease in Haiti and developed intervention strategies that are currently being evaluated.

This lecture is part of the International Mondays lecture series, sponsored by the UI International Programs, Iowa City Public Library and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. Offering a forum for individuals with varied international experiences, the format is intended to allow for a question and answer session after the talk.

For more information, contact Carly Andrews at 319-335-0345, e-mail or visit


Whelan to speak at 'Finding God at Iowa' forum Nov. 6

Christine Whelan, author and visiting assistant professor in the University of Iowa Sociology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be the speaker at the next "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum. The talk, "The Search for a Soul Mate," will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Whelan, a journalist, commentator and author of "Marry Smart: The Intelligent  Woman's Guide to True Love" and "Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women," will discuss dating,  the "hook-up culture," and marriage among today's generation of college students.

The "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum series meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year.  Christian faculty, staff and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work and their perspectives on university and social issues.  The series is sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.

For more information or to be notified by e-mail of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


'Movies@MNH' continues with part two of Lewis and Clark documentary

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH series continues with a public showing of part two of "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery," Sunday, Nov. 8. The screening will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium.

Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most courageous and important expedition in U.S. history. Each 120-minute showing chronicles the story of not only Lewis and Clark, but of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Sacagawea and Clark's African-American slave.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information, call 319-335-0606 or visit


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