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Sept. 30, 2009

At A Glance

Recreational Services offers outdoor cooking series

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering an outdoor cooking series from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13. Part of the Touch the Earth program, this series offers the outdoor experience of cooking on a Dutch oven or on a one-burner backcountry stove.

All supplies and instruction are provided. The cost is $20 for each session.  Participants must register in advance at the Outdoor Rental Center. Registration deadline is one week in advance.

For further information please contact the Outdoor Rental Center 319-384-1225 or see

UI Symphony Band opens its season with Oct. 7 concert

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will open its 2009-10 season will a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

The program, conducted by UI Director of Bands Richard Mark Heidel and doctoral student Michael D. Hart, will feature "Millennium Canons" by Kevin Puts, "Paris Sketches" by Martin Ellerby, "Colonial Song by Percy Grainger, "Redline Tango" by John Mackey, "First Suite in E-flat for Military Band" by Gustav Holst and an arrangement of "Pas Redouble" by Camille Saint-Saens.

Heidel said the program presents a wide variety of compositions, including traditional works by popular composers such as Grainger, Holst and Saint-Saens as well as contemporary pieces by Ellerby, Puts and Mackey. He said Holst composed his ever-popular 'First Suite in E-flat for Military Band' 100 years ago, and the Symphony Band is excited to present this cornerstone of the wind band repertoire.

Heidel's biography is accessible at

Robert Dana reads Oct. 8 in Prairie Lights

Former Iowa Poet Laureate Robert Dana, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and an emeritus faculty member at Cornell College, will present a free reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City. The event will be streamed live and archived by the UI Writing University,

Dana has published more than a dozen poetry collections -- most recently "The Other" -- and his work has appeared in many periodicals.

His "Starting Out for the Difficult World" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and in 1989 he was the recipient of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the Rainer Maria Rilke Prize for Poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.

A new paperback edition of Dana's "Against the Grain: Interviews with Maverick American Publishers" has just been released by the UI Press (see

The book collects interviews with nine small-press publishers, each one characterized by strength of resolve and a dedication to good books. Reflecting the character of its founder, each press earned its own place in the select group of important small presses.

Susan Share presents UI Center for the Book Mitchell Lecture Oct. 9

The 2009 Mitchell Lecture of the University of Iowa Center for the Book will be "Basically Books: The Art Work of Susan Joy Share" at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Studies Building. The event is free and public is invited to attend.

Share will present slides and video of her handmade boxes and books whose colorful contents include expanding structures, animated objects and percussive sounds. She will also demonstrate some of her performance objects and show recent ceramic tile work created for public art commissions.

She will also present a workshop, "Wearable Books and Movement," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 and 11, in the Kolarik Book Studio, 16 North Hall. Registration Fees (includes materials) are $120 ($95 for UI students). To register, contact Julie Leonard at

Share combines a multitude of media derived from traditional bookbinding, sewing, painting, collage and sculpture. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and in Ireland, England and Hungary.

UI public lectures celebrating International Year of Astronomy continue Oct. 14

The University of Iowa series of free, public talks celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 will continue with a free, public talk, "Black Holes of All Sizes," by Philip Kaaret, professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

Given by faculty and staff in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy, lectures are aimed at a non-scientific, family audience and followed by an informal discussion period. The final talk in the series will be "Supernovae: Stars that Explode," by Randall L. McEntaffer, assistant professor, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall.

For further information, see: or contact the department of physics and astronomy in advance at 319-335-1688.


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