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Jan. 22, 2010

At A Glance

Sandler appointed to U.S. Civil Rights Commission advisory committee

Leonard Sandler, University of Iowa clinical professor of law, has been appointed to the Iowa Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission.

The committee advises the commission concerning legal developments constituting a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap, or in the administration of justice. The committee's major activities include fact-finding meetings, informational conferences and investigative studies on both local and national civil rights issues. Most of these activities result in reports that are transmitted to the commission.


Old Capitol Museum's "History Time" celebrates National Handwriting Day Jan. 23

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will continue its "History Time" program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, with readings related to National Handwriting Day. The free, public readings will be held in Old Capitol's Supreme Court Chamber.

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear real accounts of Iowa life in the 1800s and view handwritten diaries. Readings will be followed by crafts and other activities that are directed toward children ages 3 to 10.

Future "History Time" dates include:

--Feb. 20:  President's Day.
--March 27:  Frontier Foods.
--April 17:  Prairie Poetry.

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


UI Museum of Natural History, Old Capitol nominated for ICCA awards

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum have received nominations from the Iowa Cultural Corridor Association (ICCA) for their Annual Excellence in Innovation Awards.  The awards ceremony will take place Sunday, Jan. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Sinclair Auditorium, on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids.

The Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum have been nominated for the "Reaching Out Collaborative Award" for their partnership with the Department of Geoscience in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their coordination of the Creepy Campus Crawl event. The award recognizes excellence in collaboration between ICCA members and another organization.

The Old Capitol Museum was also nominated for the "ICCA Collaborative Award," which recognizes teamwork between members of the ICCA. Old Capitol, along with the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Usher's Ferry and the Iowa City Public Library are being nominated for the "Fresh Threads of Connection:  Mother Nature and British Women Writers" exhibit and associated programming.

The Museum of Natural History will also be featured at the awards ceremony, where a video celebrating the Museum's 150-year anniversary will be screened.

Link to video


Documentary explores children's views of Hurricane Katrina Jan. 25

A screening of "Katrina's Children" will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The documentary focuses on how 19 children from different neighborhoods of New Orleans were affected by Hurricane Katrina and shares each child's point of view through stories and art. The film is free and open to the public.

Following the screening, a panel will discuss the film and answer questions. The panel will include a University of Iowa faculty member, with research interests in how children recover after trauma, and three UI students with ties to the New Orleans area.

The film is presented by the UI College of Public Health and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Landlocked Film Festival in honor of the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights. Learn more at


Law school luncheon to raise funds for Haitian relief

The University of Iowa College of Law will sponsor a fundraiser luncheon for Haitian earthquake relief at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the fourth floor student lounge of the Boyd Law Building. Tickets cost $15 for students and $30 for faculty with all money raised donated to the American Red Cross' International Response Fund. During the luncheon, professor Marcella David will discuss the international legal issues involved in the relief process. For more information contact Theodore Patton at


'Taping the World' mini-symposium features two lectures on tape recorder Jan 28

A mini-symposium will feature two lectures entitled "Taping the World" as part of an International Programs Major Project. The lectures will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Room 304 of the English Philosophy Building on the University of Iowa campus. These two lectures are made possible by support from the James O. Freedman Chair of Letters in the UI Department of English.

"Taping the World" is a project that focuses on the cultural resonances of the tape recorder. John Durham Peters, professor and chair of the UI Department of Communication Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, are investigating the social, cultural, historical and aesthetic impact of the tape recorder and the ways in which the tape recorder has altered communications and discourse since its invention in the mid-20th century.

Garrett Stewart, the UI English Department's James O. Freedman Professor of Letters, will give the first lecture discussing "Sound-Theft, Ear-Witness, Taped Surveillance" and the audio book, "The Case of John le Carré."

Steven Connor, professor of modern literature and theory at Birkbeck College, London, will give the second lecture, "Looping the Loop: Beckett, Burroughs and Tape-Time."

For more information, contact Amy Green at 319-335-1433.


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