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April 20, 2010

At A Glance

Michaels one of four UI faculty to win Guggenheim Fellowship

Paula Michaels, a faculty member in history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of four UI faculty members who received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her name was omitted from the original news announcement. Michaels is an associate professor of history whose research interests include cultural history, women’s history and the history of medicine.


Recreational Services offering summer tennis camps

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering summer tennis camps for youth and adults.

Starting June 8, youth programs offer ages 6-16 either a clinic or camp tennis experience. All adult programs offered are clinics and start June 9. All camps provide stroke and strategy instruction, quick start drills, footwork tips and mental toughness exercises. A t-shirt and light snacks will be provided to the youth camp participants. Private lessons and league play are also available for all camps.

Registration for the camps is currently taking place at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex (HTRC), 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive, Iowa City. Registration deadline is at 5 p.m. the Friday prior to the start of a session. For a complete list of dates and times, visit

For more information about the camps, visit To register for any of the summer camps, visit the front desk at the HTRC or call 319-384-1215. For more information, contact HTRC Tennis Coordinator Michele Conlon at


UI Explorers Lecture Series honors Earth Day April 22

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue its UI Explorers Lecture Series with a special Earth Day lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, by Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Sustainability Office, and Brenda Nations, environmental coordinator for the City of Iowa City.

The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in Macbride Auditorium in Macbride Hall.

Their talk, "The University of Iowa and Iowa City's Commitment to Sustainability," will detail the steps both the UI and Iowa City are taking to be more environmentally friendly.

As director of the UI Office of Sustainability, Christiansen coordinates efforts to increase sustainability by creating new environmental policies and practices, seek grants for sustainability efforts, and increase understanding of these practices throughout the UI community.

Nations has been leading Iowa City's inventory on greenhouse gas emissions. The study looks at total emissions in the Iowa City community during 2000 and 2008, as well as includes emissions data for all city government facilities and vehicles.

For more information about Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


Swanson and Huckleberry will present Victorian program April 24

Baritone Stephen Swanson and pianist Alan Huckleberry, faculty members in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital of Victorian Music at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus. The public event is part of the 2010 conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association.

The program will feature "In the Gloaming" by Annie Fortescue Harrison, "The Rose of Tralee" by Charles W. Glover, "Love's Old Sweet Song" by J.L. Malloy, "Trimdon Grange Explosion" by Tommy Armstrong, "Welcome, Bonny Brid!" by Samuel Laycock, "Workers of England" by Jim Connell, "Eternal Father, strong to save" by John Bacchus Dykes, "How great, O Lord, is Thy Goodness" by Julius Benedict, "See Amid the Winter's Snow" by John Goss and "The Lost Chord" by Arthur Sullivan.

After intermission the duo will perform "Daisy Bell" by Harry Dacre, "The Flying Trapeze" by Gaston Lyle, "Two Lovely Black Eyes" by Charles Coburn, Count Arheim's recitative and air from "The Bohemian Girl" by Michael William Balfe, Quasimodo's recitative and air from "Esmeralda" by Arthur Goring Thomas and "The Ash Grove," arranged by John Thomas.

The songs were created by British composers during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), with lyrics written by British authors of the same time period -- music that has become a cherished part of English-language musical heritage.


'Movies@MNH' ends Earth Month series with 'Mad City Chickens' April 25

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History "Movies@MNH" finishes its Earth Month film series with a free, public showing of "Mad City Chickens." The film will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, in Macbride Auditorium.

"Mad City Chickens" investigates the issues behind the ever-expanding movement to raise chickens in modern urban environments. The documentary features a variety of people, from experts to novice chicken-raisers to those who cry ... well, maybe we should just say those who say, "Not here, please!"

The Museum of Natural History and the UI Office of Sustainability are sponsors of the Earth Month film series.

For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Talks on medicine and the art of writing are April 28-30

The public is invited to attend talks on the science of medicine and the art of writing on the University of Iowa campus. The presentations are part of a three-day conference, "The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine," hosted by the UI Carver College of Medicine.

While registration by April 23 is required for all other events, the following events are free and open to the public:

--"Animal Songs: Bestiaries in English, French and German," 6:45-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, presented by David Gompper, Stephen Swanson and Marvin Bell in Room 111A, Medical Education and Research facility (MERF) on the west side of campus.

--"Writing for Resistance: narrative, Health and Social Justice," 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, presented by Saytania DasGupta in Room 2117, MERF.

--"Can this Story Be Saved? Diagnosis in Workshop and Writing Life," 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, presented by Lan Samantha Chang in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library.

--"The Ticking Is the Bomb: Writing of War Trauma and Grief," 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, presented by Nick Flynn in Room 2117, MERF.

To read biographies of the presenters, visit

For more information or to register for the full conference, visit or call Dave Etler at 319-335-8058.


Reading will present new issue of Earthwords April 30

The new issue of the University of Iowa undergraduate literary/arts journal Earthwords will be sampled in a free reading at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, 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 website,

Earthwords strives to showcase the creative works of UI undergraduates in literature and the arts while providing students with the educational experience of producing a literary magazine. Learn more at


Philharmonia and All-University String Orchestra share concert May 2

The University of Iowa Philharmonia and All-University String Orchestra will share a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The conductors will be graduate students Christopher Fashun, Kira Horel, Andrea Molina and Yuichi Ura. All four are students of William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies in the UI School of Music.

The Philharmonia will perform the overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Otto Nicolai; Dance Rhythms, op. 58 by Wallingford Riegger; and Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21, by Beethoven.

The All-University String Orchestra will perform the Lyric Suite for Strings by George Walker, the Sinfonietta for Strings by Harold Genzmer, the Suite for Strings by John Rutter and Danza by Vaclav Nelhybel.

One of four major orchestral ensembles in the UI School of Music, the Philharmonia, features an expandable instrumentation that allows for a variety of repertoire from Classical to contemporary composers.

The All-University String Orchestra is designed specifically for nonmusic majors who wish to continue playing their string instruments while studying at the UI and includes students from diverse academic pursuits throughout the university.


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