Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Dec. 1, 2010

At A Glance

World AIDS Day events to take place at UI Dec. 1 and 2

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the University of Iowa Global Health Club is hosting several events to raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

There will be a red ribbon display on the west hill of the Pentacrest all day today. Tonight the group will host free movie screenings of “Blue” at 7 p.m. and “RED RED RED” at 8:30 p.m. at the Bijou.

On Thursday, Dec. 2 there will be a benefit for Partners In Health at Studio 13, 13 South Linn St., Iowa City. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. and will feature the improvisational group Paperback Rhino, as well as a drag show spotlighting Iowa City drag queens and kings.

An information table about the global fight against AIDS will be in the Iowa Memorial Union through Thursday. The group will also be selling FACE AIDS pins to raise money for the cause, with all proceeds going to the FACE AIDS nonprofit organization.

For more information contact


UI Composers Workshop presents free concert Dec. 4

The Composers Workshop, part of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, will present a free concert of new student works at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program of 2010 compositions will be:
--"Triggers," by Israel Neuman, featuring tenor saxophonist Nathan Bogert in interaction with Neuman's computer.
--Piece for Solo Tuba by Zachariah Zubow, performed by Kate Wohlman.
--"In the Garden for String Quartet" by Ju Hye Kim, performed by violinists Colleen Ferguson and Peige Zhou, violist Diana Mayne and cellist Bryn Sumner, conducted by Kira Horel.
--"Olympus: Three Miniatures of Greek Gods" by Brian Penkrot, performed by flutist Nora Epping, clarinetist Marjorie Shearer, pianist Jikyung Kam and cellist Gloria Lowther.
--"A Look Back at Loveliness" by Aaron Perrine, performed by soprano Jacqueline Lang and pianist Grete Nothling.
--"Reflection" by Min-Pyo Kim, performed by flutist Rolando Jose Hernandez Gaitan, cellist Amy Pirtle and pianist Seong-Sil Kim, conducted by Min-Pyo Kim.
--"Secrets" by Anthony Donofrio, performed by percussionist Christine Auspurger.

To read concert notes, visit


UI Museum of Natural History celebrates winter with screening of ‘Ice Age’

Bring the family to meet Manny the woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel (Chris Wedge) on the big screen as the UI Museum of Natural History shows the 2002 animated feature, “Ice Age.” The screening, part of the Movies@MNH series, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium on the UI campus. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The computer-animated film features the story of Scrat on his journey south to escape the oncoming Ice Age. On his travels, Scrat and his motley crew of Paleolithic animal friends discover a human baby and embark on a wild adventure to reunite the infant with its family.

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit or call 319-335-0606.


Ecuadorean scholar will discuss radical populism in Latin America Dec. 8

The University of Iowa Latin American Studies Program (LASP) will welcome visiting scholar Carlos de la Torre for a lecture, “The resurgence of radical populism in Latin America," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the commons of Schaeffer Hall, Room 302. This event is free and open to the public.

De la Torre is an Ecuadorean scholar whose research covers the spectrum of Latin American politics and society. He is a professor at FLACSO-Ecuador and currently a visiting professor at Grinnell College. He will discuss the resurgence of radical populism in countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, and its impact on Latin American democracy.

This lecture is sponsored by LASP, UI International Programs and the UI Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit or contact Michel Gobat at or 319-335-2299.


Iowa City's Zachary Jack reads at Prairie Lights' Dec. 8

Iowa City native Zachary Michael Jack will read from "Homer Croy: Corn Country," which he edited, in a free event 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Prairie Lights Books. The University of Iowa Writing University website,, will stream the reading.

"Homer Croy: Corn Country" is a first-ever anthology of the nonfiction of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Homer Croy. Part Mark Twain and part Garrison Keillor, Croy was a man of many distinctions: the first student of the first U.S. school of journalism, the first person to tour the world shooting motion pictures and the first author of his day to write an anonymous best-selling novel.

Dale Carnegie dedicated "How to Win Friends and Influence People" to him, and Will Rogers, for whom Croy screenplays, made him honored Thanksgiving guest.

His essay subjects included fencing practices, Abraham Lincoln's Iowa farm, the importance of corn to America, Dvorak's Iowa sojourn and Midwestern pride in Jesse James.

Jack is the author and editor of several books on Iowa history and culture. A former public librarian, he now teaches courses in writing, rural and urban history, and place studies at North Central Community College.


Esh Piano Trio will perform at the UI Dec. 12

The Esh Piano Trio, featuring University of Iowa Maia Quartet cellist Hannah Holman, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will be the Trio in E major, Hoboken XV:28, by Franz Joseph Haydn; "Constantinople - VI. Old Photographs" by Christos Hatzis; and the Trio in Eb major, Op. 100, by Franz Schubert.

The trio combines Holman with violinist Susanna Klein and pianist Esther Wang -- and the name of the trio combines the initials of their first names. Klein and Wang collaborated with Holman at the UI in a 2004 Holman and Friends concert, and Wang also performed at the UI in 2004 in a duo with cellist David Carter.

Read Holman's UI School of Music bio at

Klein is coordinator of strings at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her bio is accessible at:

Wang teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Read her bio at


UI Electronic Music Studio presents 'Electronic Music from the Big 10'

The Electronic Music Studio of the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Electronic Music from the Big 10," a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

The concert will feature music from UI students, as well as students from the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan and Indiana University.

--From the UI: "Happy Time" by Jason Gregory and "Triggers" by Israel Neuman.
--From Illinois: "Airborne" by Leon Harrell and "untitledededede" by M. Anthony Reimer.
--From Indiana: "fragile beings" by Sang Mi Ahn and "Lunar Calligraphy 24" by Steven Snethkamp.
--From Northwestern: "mixtape" by Ben Hjertmann.

The works range from electroacoustic "fixed media" pieces, to work combining acoustic instruments with live electronics, to video.


Photos for At A Glance items, if available, may be found at (for arts news) or (for all other news).

Campus events are searchable on the UI Master Calendar:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.