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Feb. 5, 2010

At A Glance

UI announces launch of new Exhibitions Calendar

Information about University of Iowa art and other exhibitions may now be found on a new Exhibitions Calendar, a companion to the UI's Master Calendar of Events.

To view exhibitions, visit The Exhibitions Calendar can also be reached via links on the Master Calendar of Events site at

UI Information Technology Services, working with University Relations, created the new calendar because multi-day events like exhibitions would have crowded out the wide range of daily events featured in the Master Calendar of Events. With this new calendar, users can more easily find the types of activities that interest them.

Events must be sponsored by a UI program, department or recognized group to be considered for the Master Calendar or Exhibitions Calendar. To submit an event, visit For exhibitions, click the form's drop-down menu under "Calendars" and select "Exhibitions."


Writers' Workshop alumnus D.A. Powell wins lucrative poetry award

D.A. Powell, a graduate and former visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, has been named the winner of one of the most lucrative prizes in poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, administered by the Claremont Graduate University. The $100,000 prize honors a mid-career poet and is the world's largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry.

Powell was honored for "Chronic," which is also a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry, and was named a Best Book of 2009 by Publishers Weekly and the Kansas City Star. He is also the author of the acclaimed poetry trilogy of "Tea" (which was his UI thesis), "Lunch," and "Cocktails."

The Kingsley Tufts award was created to both honor the poet and provide the resources that allow artists to continue working towards the pinnacle of their craft. Powell will accept the award in an April 22 ceremony at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Writers' Workshop alumna and former faculty member Matthea Harvey won the award last year for "Modern Life."


UI executive chef wins annual Taste of Elegance Competition

UI Residential Dining Executive Chef Barry Greenberg took his "Trio of Asian Pork" to the top spot in the Iowa Pork Producers Association Taste of Elegance Competition, held Monday, Jan. 25, at the Des Moines Marriott. Greenberg was awarded first place honors and was named Chef Par Excellence in the annual competition that is designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork.

Twelve chefs from around Iowa competed in this year's competition. Pork entrees were judged on taste, originality and presentation. Greenberg's Trio of Asian Pork included pomegranate barbecued St. Louis ribs, sherry glazed pork belly and spicy pork dumplings.

As a result of winning the Iowa competition, Greenberg will compete in the National Taste of Elegance Competition that will be held in May 2010.

Greenberg is a certified executive chef, having graduated with culinary and management degrees from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.  He has been employed as a chef at Iowa Memorial Union and for University Housing Residential Dining for 19 years.  He has competed in and won several prestigious culinary competitions in previous years.


Public invited to view graduate students' civic engagement projects Feb. 12

University of Iowa graduate students will showcase their civic engagement teaching and research projects at a poster session from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is open to the public. Members of the community and non-profit groups interested in partnering with UI graduate students and faculty members are especially welcome.

Available to discuss their projects will be the 2010 fellows from Graduate Institute on Public Engagement and the Academy, which trains graduate students to explore new ways to connect scholarship, the arts and higher education to local communities. The poster session is sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Graduate College and the City of Iowa City.

Topics of this year's projects include "Minorities and Media," "Polling Communities," "Small Businesses and Young Employees," "Murals from Iowa to Uganda," "Connecting Parents, Students and Teachers," "Arts out There-Museums, Malls," "Living with Trash," "Sustainable Cities," "Neighborhood Policy Makers," "Immigrants in Iowa," "Women and Sports," and "Parents and Prisons."

For more information, visit


Recreational Services hosts open houses at Beckwith Boathouse

The University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering two open houses at the new P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

Attendees can meet with community rowers and UI coaches and tour the $7.2 million LEED-certified building. They can participate in a brief clinic to learn basic rowing technique on a rowing machine and in the new state-of-the-art rowing tank.

Visitors can also learn about new "Learn to Row" opportunities being offered to the public this winter, spring and summer through the Recreational Services Rowing Program. For more information visit  or call LlynnAnn Luellen at 319-384-1292.


Jeffrey Copeland reads for 'Live from Prairie Lights' Feb. 16

University of Northern Iowa faculty member Jeffrey S. Copeland will read from "Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind Shelley V Kraemer" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University Web site,

The story behind the landmark 1948 Supreme Court decision, Shelley v. Kraemer, which struck down racially based housing restrictions and opened the door to fair housing regulations in the United States, is told through the voice of an African-American teacher, one of the participants.

Olivia Merriweather Perkins was part of a group in St. Louis who fought for property rights that had been denied to people of color. Their sacrifices eventually led to "Shelley vs. Kraemer," one of the most important legal battles of modern times.

Copeland is head of the Department of English Language and Literature at UNI, where he teaches children's and young adult literature courses and English education. His books include "Speaking of Poets" and "Young Adult Literature: A Contemporary Reader" and most recently, "Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WWII."


Biggers documents the dark legacy of Midwest coal mining in Feb. 17 reading

Jeff Biggers will read from "Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 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,

Journalist Biggers tallies up the human cost of more than two centuries of coal mining in southern Illinois as he excavates the history beneath the homestead at Eagle Creek where his family lived for eight generations.

The displacement of the indigenous Shawnee, the hidden legacy of slavery and the intense conflicts between miners and their bosses all come sharply into focus in the personal and historical account. Biggers also presents a devastating critique of the myth of clean coal.

Biggers has worked as a writer, educator, policy analyst and radio correspondent across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI and in scores of magazines and national newspapers. His work has won numerous honors, including an American Book Award, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism and the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award.


Sexual assault survivors invited to spring Voices of Courage support group

Sexual abuse survivors are invited to participate in a free and confidential support group, Voices of Courage. The group will meet Wednesdays this spring, beginning March 10 and continuing until April 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) office, 320 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The registration deadline is Feb. 26. The group is designed for survivors of sexual abuse to have a safe, supportive environment to speak with other survivors. Participants will use selections from Mike Domitrz's book "Voices of Courage" to guide and inspire discussion. All reading materials for the group will be provided.

For more information or to set up a screening appointment, call Karen Siler, Johnson County Services Coordinator for RVAP, or Elham Bagheri at 319-335-6001.
For more information visit

The site provides information about statistics, education, victim services and resources. The 24-hour Rape Crisis Line number, 319-335-6000, offers free and confidential information, support, advocacy and counseling to victim/survivors of sexual assault and their partners, friends and family members.


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