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Feb. 18, 2010

At A Glance

Talk on early policies on disability and immigration is Feb. 23

A University of Iowa talk on immigration and disability policies from 1882-1924 in the United States will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 2032 of the UI Main Library. Hosted by the UI History of Medicine Society, the talk is free and open to the public.

The presenter, Douglas Baynton, UI associate professor of history, will discuss immigration as it relates to the efforts of the time to institutionalize disabled people and sterilize the "unfit," as well as euthanasia campaigns, sign language proscription, "unsightly beggar" laws and efforts to keep disabled people out of sight.


UI Gallery series presents 'Dry' Feb. 25-28

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Dry," a new play written and directed by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Joe Luis Cedillo, at 8 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Cedillo describes "Dry" as an ensemble piece exploring choice and fate -- a roller coaster ride from a retelling of a Greek creation myth to bombings in Hiroshima, Iraq and the Midwest -- until finally landing back in Iowa City. 

The Enola Gay, a truck full of female Marines, Elvis, children from Hiroshima, a suicide bomber, and even the writer all appear in a play that asks, can we really see the truth and beauty of it all?

The production features scenic/lighting/projections design by Maylan Thomas, costume design by Ariane Parkes-Perret and sound design by Matt Benyo.

Cedillo's previous gallery play "On Painted Skin" was a 2008 Bay Area Playwright's Festival finalist and a Kennedy Center 2009 runner-up for Latino Playrighting Award. He is now a finalist for the Kendeda Graduate Playrighting Competition for the Alliance Theatre for his play, Noche y Mourning, and his latest play, "Columpio," will be premiered as part of the Iowa New Play Festival in May.

Admission is free to UI students with a valid UI ID, and $5 for all others.


UI Kantorei and University Choir will perform Feb. 27

The Kantorei, the most premier choral ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by the University Choir, in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Timothy Stalter, director of choral activities, will conduct the concert featuring two motets by Heinrich Schütz; the Iowa permiere of Missa brevis by contemporary British composer Jonathan Harvey, featuring soprano Samantha Blickhan, alto Jacquelyn Zwiefel and baritone Jason Mallory; Brahms' "O Schone Nacht"; and three excerpts from Vier Notturnos, Op. 22, Heinrich von Herzogenberg, edited by emeritus faculty member Richard Bloesch.

Harvey (b. 1939), winner of the Britten Award for composition, is respected for his ability to use concepts of musical modernism to create works of immediate appeal to audiences. His Missa Brevis, written for Westminster Abbey, has been lauded for both its spiritual atmosphere and its success at capturing the meaning and emotion of the mass texts.

The University Choir will join with the Kantorei in a performance of the Introduction (RV 639) and Gloria (RV 588) by Vivaldi, with chamber orchestra and soloists.

Read Stalter's bio at


UI Electronic Music Studios explore music for flute and electronics Feb. 27

The Electronic Music Studios (EMS) of the University of Iowa School of Music will explore music for flute and electronics in a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.

Flutists Rebecca Ashe and Lisa Bost-Sandberg will be the live performers for "Flute by David Morneau, "Rameaux" for bass flute and electronics by Chapman Welch, "Going With the Fire" by James Mobberley, "Life-Drawing" by EMS Director Lawrence Fritts, "Filaments" by Jacob Gotlib, "Mercurial" by Jay Batzner and "Ariel" by Jorge Sosa.

"Rameaux" was written for Bost-Sandberg, and "Life-Drawing" was written for former UI faculty member Tadeu Coelho. Ashe has recorded "Filaments" for her upcoming album, "Vortex Street."

Ashe, a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has performed at festivals including SEAMUS and the Electroacoustic Juke Joint.  She is the featured artist for the 2010 Electronic Music Midwest Conference in Illinois.

Bost-Sandberg, a Presidential Scholar and commencement speaker at the UI, is now a faculty member at Clarke College in Dubuque. She is the flutist with the Wild Prairie Wind Quintet and principal flute with the Ottumwa Symphony. Visit her Web site:


Rutledge presents second Bach Project II concert Feb. 28

Violist Christine Rutledge, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present the final concert of her 2009-10 Bach Project II project at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Riverside Recital Hall (St. Thomas More Church) on Riverside Drive. Free parking is available in the Hancher lot.

The free performance will feature her transcriptions for baroque viola of the Bach Suites Nos. 1 in G Major, 4 in E-flat Major and 5 in C minor, originally for solo cello.

The Bach Project started as an Arts and Humanities Initiative Award to study and perform works of J.S. Bach. Rutledge researched the Baroque style and performance practices in order to apply her findings to performance on modern viola.

In the process, she decided to learn the Baroque viola and bow. She was able to obtain a high-quality Baroque instrument and began studying with the noted Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. She created the "Baroque Seminar for Strings," teaching students to play Baroque string instruments in the school's La Fosse Collection.

Her research also resulted in a weeklong Iowa Bach Festival in March 2009. She is scheduled to record her transcriptions of the cello suites this spring.


Deadline for CHEEC seed grant proposals is March 29

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, as well as researchers and educators affiliated with state environmental or health agencies, may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The application deadline is March 29.

Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies that would lead to innovative lines of environmental and public health research. The program also seeks to fulfill the education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.

Up to $60,000 total is available for research projects for the current grant cycle, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact David Riley at 319-335-4016 or


UI students invited to Day of Climate Action at Iowa Capitol March 29

Young leaders from the University of Iowa are encouraged to take part in the Day of Climate Action on Monday, March 29, at the Iowa State Capitol, where they can meet and network with other students to re-energize Iowa's leadership about sustainability.

Students from across Iowa will come together at the State Capitol to visit with their elected officials about climate policy action. Sponsored by the UI Office of Sustainability in partnership with Iowa Campus Compact, this initiative is organized and led by students to make sustainability-related ideas heard.

Display space will be made available in the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda for posters about environment-related student organization efforts or research projects.  A brief meeting of the College and University Sustainability Roundtable will follow the morning session at the capitol.

The UI group will leave Iowa City at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Transportation to Des Moines will be provided. Students are encouraged to reserve seats on the bus. To sign up for the trip, students should contact the UI Office of Sustainability at For more information, contact Abbie Gruwell, student intern in the Office of Sustainability,, or Liz Christiansen, director of the Office of Sustainability,


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