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June 15, 2010

At A Glance

UI graduate student receives fellowship for public scholarship

Imagining America, a consortium of colleges and universities that support public scholarship, has selected University of Iowa graduate student Bridget Draxler as a Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellow.
Draxler, a Ph.D. candidate in English who specializes in 18th century British literature, will travel to the “PAGE Summit” in Seattle this September. There she will share and receive feedback on her public scholarship, and participate in a workshop to envision ways to articulate public scholarship.
Imagining America matches PAGE fellows with mentors who are leaders in public scholarship. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to present their work during a poster session at the conference.
Draxler’s dissertation is on the role of the theater in the rise of the novel. She was the curator of the Old Capitol Museum's 2009 exhibit "Fresh Threads of Connection: Mother Nature and British Women Writers” and participated in the 2008 Obermann Graduate Institute for Public Engagement.


Fourth annual Osher winery tour is June 17

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is offering a day of Iowa winery tours, "Wines of Iowa IV," on Thursday, June 17.

The trip will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lunch, wine tasting, classes and tours, and transportation. The class will visit Ardon Creek Winery in Letts, Fireside Winery in Marengo, and Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher.

The cost per person is $50 for Osher Institute members and $65 for non-members, which includes an institute membership.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or


UI Museum of Natural History’s 'Story-time Explorers' dives in with dolphins and whales

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History “Story-time Explorers” series continues Sunday, June 20, with children's book readings about dolphins and whales. The free public event begins at 2 p.m. in Mammal Hall, located on the third floor of Macbride Hall on the UI Pentacrest.
Story-time Explorers readings are geared toward elementary-aged children and their families. Visitors will hear stories related to these aquatic mammals and will have an opportunity to make their own origami whale to take home. Children will be able to measure themselves against the lengths of several whales and dolphins, and learn about the museum’s own right whale skeleton.
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


Listen to poets Gemin and Walsh June 22 at the Writing University

Poets Pamela Gemin and Michael Walsh will read from their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Gemin will read from her most recent collection of poems, "Another Creaure." She is also the author of "Vendettas, Charms, and Prayers," which was a Minnesota Voices Project winner, and the editor of the University of Iowa Press anthologies "Boomer Girls," "Are You Experienced?" and "Sweeping Beauty."

Walsh will read from his first collection, "Dirt Riddles," winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. In these lyrical poems we meet a closeted young man, his parents, their herd, and the other flora, fauna, and objects that populate his surreal garden.

Walsh grew up on a dairy farm in western Minnesota, and he often writes about the queer and rural Midwest. His combined interests include animal husbandry, astrophysics, games, monsters, myths, quantum mechanics, restoration ecology, slow foods and urban farming.


UI Jazz Camp students will present public recital June 25

Student combos in the of the University of Iowa Jazz Camp -- part of the UI Summer Music Camps hosted by the UI School of Music for students who have completed grades 8-12 -- will present a free concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Weather Dance Fountain Stage in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall. The event is part of the Friday Night Concert Series of the Iowa City Summer of the Arts.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

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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