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Jan. 12, 2010

At A Glance

Chicago Fed president Charles Evans to speak at UI

Charles Evans, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will speak at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 435 of the Pomerantz Career Center. Evans will discuss the global economy before the first-year Tippie MBA class, International Economic Environment of the Firm.

Evans has headed the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank since September 2007, and he also serves on the Federal Open Market Committee. Evans' expertise is monetary policy, banking, financial markets and regional economics. Evans received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


UI Museum of Natural History will explore 'Arctic Animals' at story-time

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Story-time Explorers series will focus on "Arctic Animals" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. The children's book readings will take place in Mammal Hall, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.

The event is free and open to the public. Story-time Explorers is geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. After hearing stories of Arctic inhabitants, visitors will have an opportunity to create their own Arctic food web and learn how animals adapt to stay warm and find food in one of the coldest places on earth.

Other upcoming Story-time Explorers include:

--Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in Hageboeck Hall: Backyard Birds.
--March 21 at 2 p.m. in Iowa Hall: The Mississippi River.
--April 22 at 3 p.m. in Iowa Hall: Trees.
--May 16 at 2 p.m. in Hageboeck Hall: Ducks.

The University of Iowa 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


Violinist Jakovcic presents UI faculty recital Jan. 20--CANCELED due to icy weather

Violinist Zoran Jakovcic, a member of the University of Iowa Maia String Quartet, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

He will be assisted by faculty pianist Rene Lecuona; cellist Wendy Warner, winner of the International Rostropovich Competition; cellist Annette Jakovcic; and violist Anton Jakovcic.

The program will feature the Sonata in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 10, by Handel, the Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in D-Minor for Violin Solo by J.S. Bach and the Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26, by Brahms.

A native of Croatia, Zoran Jakovcic won a top prize at the National Competition in Zagreb and has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestras in Europe, Japan, China and the United States. He served as teaching assistant to Robert Mann of the Juilliard Quartet and founded the Arcady International Music Camp and the Thurnauer Summer Chamber Music Camp.

His daughter, Annette, a seventh-grader, is a student of Hannah Holman, the cellist of the Maia Quartet. His son, Anton, principal violist of the UI Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal in Orchestra Iowa, studies with Maia Quartet violist Elizabeth Oakes and faculty member Christine Rutledge.


UIMA hosts third annual Graduate Student Reception

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) and Graduate Student Senate will host the third annual Graduate Student Reception from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. University graduate and professional students are invited to enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, fine art, and live music in the Iowa Memorial Union's Main Lounge. There is no charge for admission to the event.

Guests will be given a guided tour of the UIMA@IMU, the Museum of Art's new on-campus location housing more than 500 works of art from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with prizes of UIMA merchandise and gift certificates to local restaurants such as Atlas World Grill, Linn Street Café, and Motley Cow Café.

Parking for the Graduate Student Reception will be available in the IMU Parking Ramp on North Madison Street, located across the street from the IMU's east side, as well as at the meters in the small parking lot on the IMU's south side. Dick and Buffie Tucker are sponsoring the event.


Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will present one-woman show Jan. 24

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will premiere a free one-woman show, "Pauline Viardot: Singer, Composer and Forgotten Muse" in a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in Room 1670, University Capitol Centre.

Viardot (1821-1910) was a Parisian operatic performer and composer whose art songs have become an important part of the repertoire. Eberle portrays Viardot in an original performance, featuring a monologue by playwright Maggie Conroy, interspersed with songs by the composer. Conroy is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the Department of Theatre Arts.

Eberle sings and accompanies herself on piano, as she tells of Viardot's work and lifelong interaction with famous writers and composers of her time.

Eberle's research into the vocal works of women composers has been ongoing since she produced the compact disc "From a Woman's Perspective" in 1993. This recording has drawn attention from the international press and led to invitations for more than 20 solo concerts as well as conference presentations and master classes. Eberle has just recorded a DVD of the new production in order to enhance appreciation of Viardot's contributions.

Learn more at or Eberle's personal Web page,


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