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June 7, 2010

Summer 'Movies@MNH' series features 'Planet Earth'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" series continues with free public showings of episodes from the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" series. The episode "Caves" will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, in Macbride Auditorium.

Other episodes will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium as follows: July 11, "Deserts"; and Aug. 8, "Ice Worlds."

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


Brett Edward Stout reads June 18 for Gay Pride Month

Brett Edward Stout will read from "Sugar-baby Bridge" as part of Gay Pride Month at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

When what's expected to be a one-night stand is followed by an offer to visit a lakeside cabin in Tahoe, Brad accepts. He is curious about Ron, the wealthy older man making the offer, who seems to be both intelligent and competent, but also dangerously reckless.

Stout, who was born in Cedar Rapids, studied Russian as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base in Hawaii as a Russian cryptologic-linguist and weapons marksmanship instructor before being honorably discharged in 2002. He worked 2000-02 for the Hawaii International Film Festival before becoming executive director of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation.

He studied Russian at the UI and now works with the Landlocked Film Festival. His essays on gays in the military have appeared in the Gay Military Times, the Boston Edge, Accessline Iowa, the Miami Wire and The Daily Iowan.


New Yorker list of 20 young writers to watch includes seven UI graduates

The New Yorker magazine has published a list of "20 under 40" writers to watch, and the list includes seven graduates of the University of Iowa: Chris Adrian, Daniel Alarcon, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Joshua Ferris, Yiyun Li, ZZ Packer and Salvatore Scibona.

All but Ferris, an English and philosophy alumnus of the UI, are alumni of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Yiyun Li also has a degree from the UI Nonfiction Writing Program.

It has been more than a decade since the magazine has published a "20 under 40" list, and the 1999 roster included several current literary stars who were then relatively unknown, including Jhumpa Lahiri, UI alumnus Nathan Englander and Junot Diaz.

Fiction by eight of the 2010 writers will appear in the next issue of the magazine, and the remaining 12 will run in other issues of the magazine over the course of the summer.


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