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Feb. 4, 2010

At A Glance

Wellness Wednesdays start at Burge, Hillcrest Market Places

Residential Dining, Health Iowa and the Residential Dining Advisory Committee have teamed up to provide students with new healthy dining options, tips for healthy lifestyles and informational exhibits to help make changes that support the individual's health and wellness.

Each Wednesday during the spring semester will be designated Wellness Wednesday in Burge and Hillcrest Market Places, where there will be information presented on a specific wellness "theme."  Each theme lasts for two weeks.  These themes include: alcohol awareness, healthy options on campus, nutrition, smoking cessation, physical activity, blood pressure and stress.

The Market Places will also feature a yogurt bar every Wednesday, as well as new healthy options on the menu. Health Iowa will present interactive displays on the theme alternating Wednesdays between Burge and Hillcrest Market Places and will answer questions and challenge students to think about their health choices.

If students wish to gauge their progress, Health Iowa will be offering fitness assessments on Wednesday, April 7, at the Currier Fitness Center and Wednesday, April 14, in the Hillcrest Lounge.


Hip Hop and criminal justice topic of law school lecture

Hip hop's musical and cultural role in society will be examined in a lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law on Thursday, Feb. 11. andre d. p. cummings, professor of law at West Virginia University, will present an interactive discussion titled "Thug Life: Hip Hop's Curious Relationship with Criminal Justice." The presentation begins at 12:40 p.m. in Room 235 of the Boyd Law Building.


UI International Programs' 'WorldCanvass' explores India Feb 12

Joan Kjaer will host a "WorldCanvass" program featuring India before a live audience from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest line up begins with Raj Rajagopal, UI geography professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, introducing the UI winterim program in India. Following his introduction, students and faculty will talk about their experiences in the program, which took them to India to partner with nonprofit organizations in a variety of projects.

Other UI faculty guests will talk about Bollywood, the social history of tea, the history of deity and spirit possession, the tradition of epic storytelling and how roots in Indian culture can shape worldviews.

"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast by UITV and KRUI-FM. Live streaming will be available on the UI International Programs Web site at

"WorldCanvass" is a production of International Programs at the UI in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV and KRUI.

For more information, visit or contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


Wells Tower will read for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Feb. 12

Wells Tower will read from his debut story collection "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

With wry humor and primal rage, these stories depict men down on their luck in their roles as fathers, brothers, stepfathers, husbands and sons. Critics have described the book as visceral, contemplative, and inappropriately side-splitting. New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani selected the collection as one of her 10 best books of 2009, Men's Journal tapped it as Best Literary Debut of 2009 and it was also included in Time Magazine's 2009 Top 10 Fiction Books.

A native of Vancouver, Tower earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. He has been the recipient of The Paris Review Discovery Prize, a Pushcart Prize and a Henfield Foundation award. "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned" is a finalist for the 2009 Story Prize, which will be announced in March.


Irina Dubkova will be guest pianist/composer in Feb. 14 CNM concert

Irina Dubkova will be the guest pianist and featured composer in a free concert by the University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More Church).

Dubkova will perform her "Dialogues" for two pianos with CNM director David Gompper, and the ensemble will perform her quintet "In the Soft Moonlight." The program also includes "Cinnabar" by David Ward-Steinman, featuring faculty violist Christine Rutledge; "Kaleidoscope" by Elliott Schwartz; and Composition No. 1: "Dona nobis pacem" by Galina Ustvolskaya.

From 1982 to 1985, Dubkova was musical editor in the USSR State Radio and TV Company. She has taught in the Composition Department at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory since 1995.

Dubkova has participated in many competitions and festivals. She was a winner in the Moscow International Young Composer's Competition, and her compositions have been performed regularly at the annual festivals Moscow Autumn, Universe of Sound, Nippon Kokoro, Earino Spring Festival, International Organ Gedike's Festival and Meeting of the Friends.

For additional information about the concert, visit Profiles of the faculty artists are accessible at


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