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Feb. 26, 2010

At A Glance

UI Student Health Fair will be held March 3

A University of Iowa Student Health Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 on the Main Deck of the UI Field House.

The event is free and open to the public. This year's fair includes a community service component with a blood drive through the DeGowin Blood Center.

The fair will offer a variety of exhibits and activities geared to students' personal health, including cholesterol testing, nutrition and physical activity information, healthy spring break tips, fitness screenings and much more. Door prizes will be awarded, and a variety of giveaways will be available.

The Health Iowa/Student Health Service, the Department of Health and Sport Studies, and the Student Health Advisory Committee sponsor the fair.

For more information, contact Amy Fletcher at 319-335-8213 or


UI International Programs' 'WorldCanvass' features Asia March 5

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

Guests include Timothy Barrett, director of UI's papermaking facilities, who will talk about the ancient art of Japanese papermaking. Next, UI Symphony Orchestra conductor William Jones will discuss Chinese-Western fusion music and his experiences conducting orchestras in Asia. Two Chinese artists will perform live on traditional Chinese instruments, and UI faculty and students will reflect on their journeys through Asia.

Finally, two UI political science professors will debate the question "Is China a Threat?" and Kjaer will interview a member of the Taiwanese parliament who is currently a visiting scholar at the UI.

"WorldCanvass" is recorded for later broadcast by UITV and KRUI-FM. Live streaming will be available on the University of Iowa 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 Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


Student panel to discuss slavery at 'Finding God at Iowa' forum March 5

Millions of people are enslaved in the world today, including thousands in the United States. At the next Finding God at Iowa forum Friday, March 5, a panel of University of Iowa students will discuss the various forms of contemporary slavery, the biblical mandate to do justice, and what can be done to address this pressing issue.

The forum is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Illinois Room (Room 348) at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum series meets on the first Friday of every month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on University and social issues. The series is sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry.

For more information, or to be notified by email of upcoming speakers, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


'Careers for Change' lecture March 5 features girls' education in Pakistan

The University of Iowa's Center for Human Rights presents Jane Cranston, a lecturer and clinical instructor in the UI College of Education, who will discuss her trip to Pakistan to visit a girls' boarding school. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room S301 of the Lindquist Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Cranston journeyed to Pasrur, Pakistan, in 2009 to visit a school built by First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. Her role in the support process was to arrange educational sponsorships for impoverished girls to be able to attend the school. Cranston will present a video of her trip and discuss some of the challenges for girls' education in this region of the world.

"Careers for Change" is a lecture series that brings in activists from varying fields of social justice and human rights work. The lectures are free and open to the public, and both students and community members are encouraged to attend. The UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information, visit

For more information visit or contact Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or


Unilever food marketing leader to talk to Tippie marketing students

Ted Skodol, director of channel marketing for Unilever Foodsolutions and a University of Iowa alumnus, will speak to marketing students in the Tippie College of Business at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 in room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Skodol received his bachelor of business administration (BBA) from the UI in 1996. He will also be accompanied by one of the company's corporate chefs, and they will discuss how the company uses market research to work with its culinary team to develop new products.

Skodol has worked for 10 years in marketing and product development for Unilever, which produces such brands as Hellman's mayonnaise, Ragu spaghetti sauce, Knorr soup and Wish Bone salad dressing.


Indian students present Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition March 6

The Indian Student Alliance will present its eighth annual Nachte Raho Indian Dance Competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Main Lounge.

Nachte Raho has become the largest national collegiate dance competition in the Midwest. The show features eight teams that are selected from a range of applicants to come to Iowa City. Each team prepares a five- to 10-minute dance in competition for $5,000 in prize money.

A pre-show featuring DJ Aladdin, Chicago's "undisputed king of Bollywood music," is also set for March 6. No dinner will be provided prior to this year's show. Tickets will be $12 for the general public, $20 for reserved seating, and $8 for the first 100 University of Iowa students (valid UI student ID required at time of purchase.) Tickets are available for purchase from the IMU Box Office, and Taj Groceries in Coralville and Iowa City.

For more information, visit the Nachte Raho website at, or contact Rajiv Verma, Indian Student Alliance Vice-President,


'Movies@MNH' features 'Life of Mammals' on March 7

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" series continues with a free public showing of "The Life of Mammals: Return to the Water." The screening will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Macbride Auditorium.

Narrated by David Attenborough, the film looks at marine mammals that have evolved to live in the oceans. Whales, seals, manatees and dolphins are explored to understand how they have adapted to life in the sea, featuring the blue whale, the world's largest mammal.

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


'Piano Sundays' concert at UI's Old Capitol March 7

The University of Iowa "Piano Sundays" series continues at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum with a free, public concert featuring Rene Lecuona, professor, and Alan Huckleberry, assistant professor, from the School of Music in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This marks the fourth year that the Old Capitol Museum, the School of Music and West Music have collaborated to present the "Piano Sundays" series. The final program of the semester will be held April 4.

For more information contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548 or visit


19th Century printmaking is subject of March 7 UIMA talk at Figge Museum

Printmaking in the 19th century will be the topic of a free, public gallery talk presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St. The talk is offered in conjunction with the UIMA's recent Figge exhibition, "In the Footsteps of Masters: The Evolution of the Reproductive Print."

UI doctoral student Ranelle Lueth, whose research focuses on 19th and 20th century American art, will be the guest speaker. Her areas of interest include landscape painting, photography, and fine art and popular prints.

In the 19th century, artists rekindled a centuries-old love for printmaking and the works of its previous masters. However, some printmakers also created new, innovative styles that helped reshape the genre. In her lecture, Lueth will reveal more about these artists and their works, relating them to the "In the Footsteps of Masters" exhibition.

To learn more about "In the Footsteps of the Masters," see:

For more information on the UI Museum of Art, including updated event listings, visit


International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents forum on masculinity March 8

International Mondays Brown Bag Series presents a forum titled "What Makes a Man? Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Identity and Masculinity" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to the public.

A panel of University of Iowa students and faculty will examine issues and ideas related to masculinity and identity construction and explore the way culture influences definitions of masculinity. Carly Andrews, UI International Programs outreach coordinator, will facilitate, and Kevin Mumford, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will moderate.

Panelists include Derrais Carter, graduate student in American studies; Elizabeth Heineman, associate professor of history and gender, women's and sexuality studies in CLAS; Tony Pomales, graduate fellow in anthropology; and Ahmad Washington, graduate student in counseling, rehabilitation and student development in the UI College of Education.

The series is a forum for students, faculty and community members to engage in a discussion of global issues and ideas sponsored by UI International Programs, the UI Stanley Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library.

To see the entire series, visit For more information, contact Andrews at 319-335-0345 or


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