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April 2, 2010

At A Glance

UI Neurosurgery, Neurology honored for brain injury care, research

The Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Neurology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been honored by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa for their longstanding commitment to clinical care and research on behalf of patients with brain injury and their families.

The departments were each named "Corporation or Organization of the Year" by the Brain Injury Association of Iowa. This award is one of several presented annually by the association to individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional service or support to Iowans with brain injury and their families.

For more information about the Brain Injury Association of Iowa, visit


Openings remain for UI Arts Share children's summer camp

Spark your child's creative side this summer. University of Iowa Arts Share camp still has space available the weeks of June 14-18 and June 21-25. The camp is for children entering grades 1-6. Campers are grouped by grade with a limit of 18 students per section.

Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. Workshops this year will include printmaking, writing and creating books, performances by a local theater improvisation group, music and movement. Workshop leaders are UI graduate students who have extensive teaching experience through Arts Share.

Cost is $100 per week, which includes snacks. Registration forms can be found at, or e-mail for more information.

Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), School of Art and Art History and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.


'Piano Sundays' concert at Old Capitol Museum April 4

The University of Iowa "Piano Sundays" will present the last concert of its spring series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature a showcase of students from the UI School of Music.

School of Music students Elizabeth Leier, Tae Jin Yoo, Grethe Nothling and Shirley Suet Yee Lam will perform works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann and Haydn.

This marks the fourth year that West Music, the Old Capitol Museum, and the UI School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have collaborated to present the "Piano Sundays" series.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


Visiting intermedia artist gives free presentation at the UI April 5

Marisa Olson, a visiting intermedia artist at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free event at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center on the UI campus.

Olson is an admitted Internet junky whose recent performance at PS 122 was described as both a product and a trace of her research into fluke epistemologies, the vernacular of digital visual culture, and the intersecting histories of science and superstition, New-Ageism and DIY/homebrew computing culture. Her work combines performance, video, sound, drawing and installation to address intersections of pop culture and the cultural history of technology.

Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou-Paris, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and many other venues. She is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets "internet surfing club," whose new DVD recently premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival.

Her work has been written about in ArtForum, Art in America, Folha de Sao Paolo, Liberation-Paris, the Village Voice, New York Magazine and elsewhere.

For more information, contact Jon Winet at


Art studio tours, photo album courses begin April 6 and 7

Two courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Iowa have limited seats available.

--A course on artists studio tours, which takes participants to Iowa City area artists? galleries and workshops will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 6 to 27. The class is coordinated by Mary Lea Kruse, owner of Artists Concepts, Ltd. The course fee is $50 for Osher Institute members, and $65 for non-members, which also includes an institute membership.

--A course on creating post-bound digital photo albums will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, April 7 to 28, in the UI Main Library Conservation Lab. This course is taught by Nancy Kraft, preservation librarian and Bill Voss, preservation library assistant. The course/materials fee is $60 for Osher Institute members, and $75 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or


Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Deanna Fei reads from debut novel April 8

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumna Deanna Fei will read from "Thread of Sky," her debut novel, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

When her husband of 30 years is killed in a devastating accident, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. Terrified of being left alone with her grief, she plans a tour of mainland China's must sees, reuniting three generations of women-her three daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother-in a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family.

Over days and miles they slowly find their way toward a new understanding of themselves, of one another, and of the vast complexity of their homeland, only to have their new bonds tested as never before when the darkest, most carefully guarded secret of all tumbles to the surface and threatens to tear their family apart.

Fei has received a Fulbright grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and a Chinese cultural scholarship.


International expert to discuss LGBT refugee protection April 13

Neil Grungras, founder and executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), will give a talk on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) refugees from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre (International Commons). Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Grungras' talk is titled "Is the International Protection Regime Failing the World's Most Vulnerable Individuals?" Grungras is an internationally known expert in matters of LGBT refugee law and procedure, and ORAM is the first NGO devoted to protecting LGBT refugees worldwide.

The lecture will present international law and procedure against an analysis of ethno-cultural realities in the Global South. Grungras will discuss the unprecedented violence against sexual minorities that has occurred over the last year in several locations worldwide. These acts, described by some as moral cleansing, drove thousands to escape their home countries in search of safety.

This event is co-hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, a part of International Programs, the UI LGBT Resource Center, the UI Department of Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies, and the Iowa City Human Rights Campaign.


UI Symphony Band welcomes guest composer Ethan Wickman April 14

The University of Iowa Symphony Band, under the direction of Richard Mark Heidel, conductor, will be joined by guest composer Ethan Wickman, faculty oboist Andrew Parker, and graduate student conductors Michael Hart and Matthew Wanken in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The program will open with "Corrida!" ("Bullfight") by Wickman, a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire whose works have been performed by the Aspen Concert Orchestra, Zeitgeist, the Avalon String Quartet, the Gryphon Trio and other ensembles in the United States and abroad.

Other works on the program are a transcription of the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Symphony for Band, Op. 69, by Vincent Persichetti; conducted by Hart; Concertino for Oboe and Harmony Music by Carl Maria von Weber, featuring Parker; Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson, conducted by Wanken; Passacaglia and Fugue Rondo by David Kneupper; and "The Gum-Suckers" March by Percy Grainger.

Visit Wickman's Web site at A biography of Heidel is accessible at


Iowa Brass Quintet to perform in Okoboji April 22

The Iowa Brass Quintet will perform in Okoboji on Thursday, April 22 at the Lakes Art Center, 2201 Highway 71 North, Okoboji.

Before the 7:30 p.m. performance, the UI Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning program will host a reception at 5 p.m. with quintet members and David Gier, University of Iowa professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to discuss the upcoming plans for the relocation of the School of Music and Hancher Auditorium.

Formed as a resident faculty ensemble at the UI in the early 1960s, quintet has performed for schools, universities and community concert associations throughout the Midwest.

The reception is free and open to the public. Performance tickets range from $9 to $18, and can purchased at Attendees must pre-register for the reception before Wednesday, April 14 at

The event is sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and hosted in conjunction with Arts Share. For more information about Lifelong Learning opportunities, email, or call 800-469-2586.