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Feb. 12, 2010

At A Glance

Policy Matters forum Feb. 17 examines sustainable agriculture

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center and the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present a public forum on sustainable agriculture practices and policies 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Shambaugh Auditorium at the UI Main Library.

Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University will lead the discussion with panelists Francis Thicke, organic dairy farmer candidate for the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Laura Krouse, chair of the Linn County Soil and Water Commission, farmer and advocate for local food.

The discussion is part of the Public Policy Center's free 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.


Visiting artist Kelli Connell will speak about her work Feb. 18

Kelli Connell, a University of Iowa visiting artist in photography, will discuss her award-winning project "Double Life" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building. The event, sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Connell's "Double Life" has been widely received and included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of Microsoft; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Her recent publications include "Photo Art: The New World of Photography" published by Aperture; "Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography" published by Phaidon; and "MP3 Midwest Photographers" published by Aperture and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Connell is a faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago.


An exploration of evolution featured in UI Explorers Lecture Series Feb. 18

A University of Iowa professor will explain how evolution can illuminate both the past and the present as the UI Museum of Natural History continues its UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery.

"The Hierarchy of Certainty: How Evolution Illuminates Past and Present," a presentation by Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience, will explore how understanding evolutionary relationships helps investigators in many fields, from paleontologists trying to reconstruct missing parts of fossils to police officers attempting to solve crimes. A vertebrate paleontologist, Brochu studies phylogenetics, which are evolutionary relationships between organisms. His research combines the study of modern animals and the fossil record to demonstrate how evolutionary relationships can be determined through time.

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


UI Writers' Workshop guest faculty Harding and Smith read Feb. 24

Fiction writer Paul Harding and poet Rod Smith, visiting faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will share a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Harding's debut novel, "Tinkers," attracted starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist last year. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the workshop and was a 2000-2001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, Mass. He has published short stories in Shakepainter and the Harvard Review and is the former drummer of Cold Water Flat.

Smith is the author of 10 books of poems, most recently "Deed," published by the Kuhl House Poets series of the UI Press. Other books include "Music or Honesty," "Poèmes de l'Araignées" and "In Memory of My Theories."

His poems have appeared in many print and online journals and anthologies including the Baffler, "The Gertrude Stein Awards," Java, New American Writing, Poetics Journal and Shenandoah. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes EDGE Books and manages the independent Bridge Street Books in Washington, D.C


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