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Feb. 2, 2010

At A Glance

Museum of Natural History seeks online votes for Pepsi Refresh Project grant

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is participating in the Pepsi Refresh Project, which is granting awards each month for projects that will have a positive impact on their community.

The Museum submitted a proposal that would use technology to get high school students excited about science and museums. The Museum is seeking $25,000 to create teen-oriented museum programming and to make educational materials more accessible to students and educators.

The contest runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. People can vote online daily for the projects of their choice and projects with the most votes will be awarded the grants. To vote for the museum, go to

If the grant is funded, the Museum would collaborate with local educators and students to develop podcasts related to museum exhibits and local sites of interest, with iPods available for checkout while at the Museum or podcasts available for download. Funding will also help with the development of educational programs such as science fairs and field trips to local sites related to museum exhibits. Creation of educational materials will be designed to show students real-world examples of science research and careers.


POROI sponsors community discussion on media, space and race Feb. 3

The University of Iowa Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is hosting the first of a three-part Public Rhetoric Seminar Series Wednesday, Feb. 3, for Iowa City residents to respectfully discuss the topics of race and class in the city's southeast side.

The series, titled "Media, Space and Race: The Case of Iowa City's 'Southeast Side,'" will be held in the University Capitol Centre's Room 2520D. Wednesday's first session, titled "Words Matter: Online Postings in the Iowa City Press-Citizen," will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

David Depew, professor of communication studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be the lead facilitator for the first session, which will focus on a news story published in the Press-Citizen on Dec. 2, 2009, plus subsequent commentary on the newspaper's Web site. Jeff Charis Carlson, Press-Citizen opinion page editor, will explain why the story was chosen and how the newspaper's Story Chat feature works. Professors Frank Durham and Andre Brock will discuss the extent to which the story and associated online commentary facilitated or inhibited constructive debate about the southeast side. Audience interaction will follow.

For more information, visit


Policy Matters forum to examine poverty Feb. 3

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will present a free public forum on poverty on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI main Library.

UI Sociology Professor Kevin Leicht will lead a panel discussion on the history of poverty in the United States. Panel members include Lily French of the Iowa Policy Project and Brian Loring of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.

The session will explore antipoverty policies for those who are unemployed, disabled, lack education or face other hardships at the national, state, and local levels.

The discussion is part of the Public Policy Center's weekly lecture series, Policy Matters: Scholarly and Practical Perspectives on Contemporary Problems. For a complete schedule and more information about the series see PowerPoint presentations and audio will be available on the center's Web site following each session.


Movies@MNH' features 'Evolution' series

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Movies@MNH series continues with free public showings of episodes from the PBS "Evolution" series.  The first episode "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" will be shown 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in Macbride Auditorium.

The series is being shown to commemorate Darwin Day, Feb. 12, marking the birth of Charles Darwin, the first person to describe the process of evolution. The episode discusses introducing key concepts of evolution while interweaving the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences.

Other episodes of the "Evolution" will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium as follows: Feb. 14, "Great Transformations"; Feb. 21, "Extinction"; and Feb. 28, "The Evolutionary Arms Race."

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


Office for Study Abroad film series presents 'Crossing Borders' Feb. 9

The Study Abroad Film Series, "Projecting Abroad," will show the film "Crossing Borders" at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The screening is free and open to the public.

"Crossing Borders," directed by Arnd Wächter, is a feature documentary that follows four American and four Moroccan college students as they travel together through the rich physical and cultural landscape of Morocco.

A discussion will follow the film to allow the audience to react to the cross-cultural issues raised by the film, and to talk directly with experienced students and scholars. There will also be staff from the UI Office for Study Abroad in attendance to answer questions about study abroad resources at the UI.

For more information, contact the UI Office for Study Abroad, part of International Programs at the UI, at 319-335-0353 or, or visit


Powell and Trinidad read from memoir collage Feb. 11

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus D.A. Powell will be joined by David Trinidad for a free reading at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

Powell and Trinidad will read from their collaboration, "By Myself: An Autobiography." Composed of individual sentences drawn from 300 memoirs penned by everyone from Lana Turner to Harpo Marx, this book unfolds as the story of a singular, plural, famously anonymous character.

Through this novel strategy, Powell and Trinidad, both widely published poets, offer a new take on hybridity, commonality and the written life.

Powell's most recent poetry collection is "Chronic," published last year. He is the author of the trilogy "Tea," "Lunch" and "Cocktails," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and he contributed to "The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House."

Trinidad's work includes the "The Late Show: Poems" and "Plasticville," and his work is featured in the anthology "Plush."


Visiting artist James Siena presents public event Feb. 11 at UI

Visiting artist James Siena, a guest of the painting and drawing area of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Siena creates complex, rule-based linear abstractions: His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or "visual algorithms," which find their end result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. His media include lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing and painting.

His work is held in numerous public and private collections across the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Siena's work has been featured in nearly 120 solo and group exhibitions since 1981, including the 2004 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has received many distinctions and awards throughout his career, including the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award and The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.


UI Department of Theatre Arts presents 10-Minute Play Festival

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present the 13th annual 10-Minute Play Festival at 8 p.m. Feb. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The plays, selected from among 39 submissions by undergraduate students of faculty member Kate Aspengren, are:
--"Quintelligiate" by Lauren Baker, directed by Alex Iben.
--"Event Gar-Day" by John Bogulski, directed by Caitlin Hurban.
--"The Diner" by Amy Haeussler, directed by S?ren Olsen.
--"Talking Rocks" by Samuel Hawkins, directed by Theresa Ausburger.
--"An Unlikely Pair" by Ashley Hnesh directed by Corey Homewood;

--"Blue Line Sirens" by Kreg Kennon, directed by Kyle Niemer.
--"Move" by Nicole Sedivec, directed by Kathleen Hession.
--"Eiffel, je t'aime" by Mary Vogel, directed by Brittainy Barrattia.

Aspengren, an alumna of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, is an award-winning playwright whose works have been published by Samuel French, Inc. and are produced throughout the country.

Some of the plays contain material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the production is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

Admission is free for UI students. For others admission is $5.


NOTE: The date was originally listed as Feb. 12 in the headline. The correct date is Feb. 11
Hillcrest Market Place plans 'French Chef' dinner Feb. 11

Hillcrest Market Place is celebrating the 47th anniversary of Julia Child's debut on American television as "The French Chef."  On Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Market Place will host "Bon Appetit -- the Best of The French Chef."

On that evening, Residential Dining Executive Chef Barry Greenberg, Hillcrest Market Place Chef Anne Jacobsen and the staff of Hillcrest Market Place will prepare a host of dishes originally introduced by Child on her popular television show. The menu includes crawfish bisque, beef bourguignon with poppy seed noodles, coq au vin, baked stuffed tomato provencale and lemon meringue tarts.

There will also be a drawing for Julia Child-related prizes including: a Julia Child cookbook "Julia's Kitchen Wisdom," a how-to DVD featuring Child "The Way to Cook," and a DVD of the 2009 Oscar-nominated movie "Julie and Julia."

The event is open to the public and will cost one student meal swipe for meal plan holders, $8 cash, university charge, or Residence Hall Hawk Dollars. For more information, contact Greenberg at 319-353-1212 or


Physics and astronomy demonstration show to feature lasers Feb. 23

The annual University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy Demonstration, featuring laser demonstrations, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 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, regardless of age or knowledge of science. During the program, members of the audience will be invited to participate. Free refreshments will be served in the main lobby following the event.

The demonstration show, featuring the work of UI staff member Dale E. Stille, and the department's Instructional Resource area, is part of 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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