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April 6, 2010

At A Glance

UI Press releases paperback edition of 'Family Bible'

A paperback edition of "Family Bible," the acclaimed 2008 memoir by Melissa J. Delbridge about growing up in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

For details about the book, visit


POROI sponsors community discussion on media, space and race April 7

Note new location: This event will take place from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the cafeteria of Grant Wood Elementary School at 1930 Lakeside Dr.

The University of Iowa Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is hosting the third and final part of its Public Rhetoric Seminar Series about media, space and race on Wednesday, April 7.

Wednesday's session, titled "Stories Matter: Creating Communities and Boundaries through Storytelling about the 'Southeast Side,'" will take place from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the cafeteria of Grant Wood Elementary School at 1930 Lakeside Dr.

Barbara Eckstein, professor of English, will be the lead facilitator for the session, which will explore some of the stories that can be told about the southeast side, how these and other stories circulate around town, and how such stories influence behavior and action throughout the Iowa City area.

Panelists will include four southeast side residents: Cindy Roberts, Kenya Badgett, William Chambers and Therese McKenzie.

Prior to the seminar, attendees can read a preliminary history of the southeast side and public rhetoric concerning it at This history was prepared by Matine Spence and Ben Lawson, doctoral students in history.


Visiting artist Dan Attoe presents free lecture April 12

University of Iowa alumnus Dan Attoe, a visiting artist in the painting and drawing division of the UI School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Attoe is a painter and sculptor represented by Peres Projects in Los Angeles and Berlin. He founded the art group Paintallica, and he has solo exhibitions this year in Austria and Italy. Attoe and his work have been featured in Art Forum, the Los Angeles Times, Art Review and the New York Times.

Attoe has used a variety of media in his art, but has become best known for his paintings that blend noir-ish surrealism not unlike that of filmmakers Gus Van Sant and David Lynch. His work often touches on the grittier parts of both rural and urban life colored with a mystical form of existentialism.

View some of his work at


UI Nonfiction Writing Program faculty member Honor Moore reads April 13

Honor Moore, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will be joined by poet Tom Healy in a free reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 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,

Moore will read selections from her poetry and lyric essay. She is well known for her work as a playwright, memoirist, editor and poet. She has edited selections of Amy Lowell's poems, contemporary plays by American women, and poems from Russia, and she is the author of several poetry collections, including "Memoir" and "Red Shoes"; two memoirs, "The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter" and "The Bishop's Daughter"; the play "Mourning Pictures"; and numerous essays and reviews.

Healy will read from his new collection of poems, "What the Right Hand Knows," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Lamda Award. He received his bachelor's degree at Harvard in philosophy before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute and sits on the boards of Poets House and Creative Time.


Mathematics department offers free talk on geometry of music April 16

Dmitri Tymoczko, Princeton University associate professor of music, will deliver a free, public lecture -- "What makes music sound good?" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Room 1670 (Recital Room), University Capitol Centre.

The talk is part of the annual Rockwell Lecture series, presented by the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics. Additionally, Tymoczko will give a technical mathematical talk from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Room 213, MacLean Hall. The department's Mark A. Rockwell Memorial Fund is sponsoring the talks. The UI Music Department is providing the recital hall.

Tymoczko's public lecture will discuss interactions between music theory and geometry and use interactive 3D computer models allowing the audience to see and hear music simultaneously. He describes five basic components of tonality and demonstrates their effects by making random notes sound increasingly musical. He then develops geometrical representations of musical structure showing how they can be combined. Basic music theory concepts, including chords, correspond to interesting geometrical spaces known as "orbifolds." He will also show how classical composers used a necklace of four-dimensional cubes representing four-note chords.


Physics and astronomy to offer free public lecture April 27

"Controlling the Quantum World with Lasers" is the title of a talk to be given by Michael Flatte, professor in the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall, Dubuque and Jefferson streets, on the UI campus in Iowa City.

Hosted by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty, staff, and students, the event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is the first in a series of UI talks recognizing LaserFest and "2010 -- Year of the Laser," an international celebration of 50 years of laser innovation. Information on LaserFest can be found at:


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