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June 9, 2010

At A Glance

UI invites community to film, dialogue about justice system June 15
Members of the community are invited to a special film showing and dialogue about the U.S. justice system from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre.
The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Teaching and is an outgrowth of the Oakdale Prison Community Choir, directed by Mary Cohen, UI assistant professor of music education.
The evening will begin with a 60-minute documentary called "The Long Road Back," about the process of ex-offenders' transition after their release from prison, followed by a discussion about the U.S. justice system, particularly issues about reentry.
Participants include: Meade Palidofsky, founder and artistic director of Storycatchers, a non-profit organization from the Chicago area that provides writing, music and theatre arts programming for juveniles in the justice system; Dorothy Whiston, spiritual director at Soul Friends Ministry; Rachel Williams, UI art education professor; and Jean Florman, director of the Center for Teaching. The UI Center for Human Rights also supports the event.

Though free and open to the public, those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, June 14 at: For more information, call Cohen at 319-335-3030 or visit


UI Museum of Natural History offers 'Night at the Museum' program

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is offering three dates for its "Night at the Museum" program this summer. The programs will be held Friday, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 13 and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required, as the program is limited to 20 students per date in grades 2-6. The cost of the program is $20.

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the museum after hours for a fun evening of food, behind the scenes tours, games and more. The museum will provide pizza and drinks, and all attendees will receive an official Museum of Natural History miner hat complete with a headlamp to explore the darkened bird and mammal galleries. The program will end the evening with nature and science games and activities, with a chance for the attendees to win prizes.

Please call 319-335-0606 or email for more information or to register.


June 21 reading recounts canoeing adventure to Hudson Bay

Dennis Weidemann will read from "This Water Goes North," the story of the epic canoe trip he and his three friends took from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 21, 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,

For the live audience, a slideshow of the trip will accompany the reading.

With leaky tents, little experience and no TV cameras or big-time sponsors, Weidemann and his friends set out in 1979 to paddle 1,400 miles north to Hudson Bay. Driven by a youthful sense of adventure, they took the chance of a lifetime just to see what lay around the next turn.

The book is an account of near disasters, splendid sunsets, bootleggers, Mounties, polar bears and the indomitable spirit of youth.

Weidemann is the director of communications for a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving quiet places.


UI Jazz Camp faculty will present public recital June 21

Faculty of the University of Iowa Jazz Camp -- part of the UI Summer Music Camps for students who have completed grades 8-12 -- will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 21, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Faculty for the Jazz Camp who will be featured in the concert are trombonist John Rapson, head of jazz studies in the UI School of Music; percussionist James Dreier, trumpter Brent Sandy and guitarist Steve Grismore of the School of Music faculty; trombonist Rich Medd, a UI alumnus who teaches at Iowa City West High School; bassist Greg Mazunik, a UI alumnus on the music ministry staff of Parkview Church; and saxophonist Joel Vanderheyden, a UI graduate student.

The Jazz Camp provides opportunities for students to interact and perform with professional jazz musicians throughout a week of music-making in small group/combo settings. Areas of study include jazz improvisation, jazz theory, basic arranging skills, Soundpainting and the art of jazz listening.

For additional information visit


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