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At A Glance

Sept. 24, 2009

UI Press book studies post-Cold War American fiction

The University of Iowa Press will release "After the End of History: American Fiction in the 1990s" by Samuel Cohen on Oct. 1, 2009.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at

Cohen asserts the literary and historical importance of the period between the fall of the Berlin wall and that of the Twin Towers by examining six 1990s novels and two post-9/11 novels that explore the impact of the end of the Cold War: Pynchon's "Mason & Dixon," Roth's "American Pastoral," Morrison's "Paradise," O'Brien's "In the Lake of the Woods," Didion's "The Last Thing He Wanted," Eugenides's "Middlesex," Lethem's "Fortress of Solitude" and DeLillo's "Underworld."

Exploring the ways ideas about paradise and pastoral, difference and exclusion, innocence and righteousness, triumph and trauma deform the stories Americans tell themselves about their nation's past, "After the End of History" challenges readers to reconsider these works in a new light.

Cohen, assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri, is editor of "50 Essays: A Portable Anthology" and the forthcoming "Literature: The Human Experience."


Minority Student Nurses Association offers health checks in Davenport Sept. 27

The University of Iowa College of Nursing Minority Student Nurses Association will offer free blood glucose and blood pressure checks to attendees of the annual Unity Festival at LeClaire Park in Davenport from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.

The MSNA, which is attending the fair along with the College of Nursing Diversity Office, will also provide information about diabetes, high blood pressure and UI nursing programs. Additionally, festival participants who visit the college's fair booth can register for a free door prize.

Unity Festival 2009's goal is to bring the Quad Cities communities in Iowa and Illinois together to celebrate their rich and diverse multicultural attributes of the community. Unity Festival is a growing event in the Quad Cities and is expected to attract thousands of people all ages to the riverfront this year. For more information about the Unity Festival, visit See for more information about the MSNA.


Free fitness assessments available Sept. 29

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


Poet Brian Teare will read at Prairie Lights Oct. 5

Poet Brian Teare will read from "Sight Map," his new collection, in a free event at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site:

In "Sight Map" Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such including Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.

Teare, who teaches at the California College of the Arts, is the author of the Brittingham Prize-winning "The Room Where I Was Born," as well as the forthcoming volume "Pleasure" and two chapbooks. He has received Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships.


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