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June 16, 2010

At A Glance

Law school hosts Hubbard Program fellows

The UI College of Law is hosting 22 undergraduate students from around the country this month for the Philip G. Hubbard Law School Preparation Program. The program, which began in 2001, encourages undergraduate from groups underrepresented in the law to consider careers as lawyers.

Students participate in classes, skills training and other activities to build skills in the study of legal concepts. Courses help develop critical reading, analytical and logical reasoning, and participants attend lectures by professional attorneys, visit courts, police facilities and other legal venues.

More information is available online at

The program is named in honor of the late Philip G. Hubbard, a former UI vice president and mechanical engineering professor who was the first African-American professor at the university.


CORRECTED: UI Juneteenth celebration June 19 observes end of slavery

Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, will be observed from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. (Please note: The time for this event is corrected from a previous version.)

A speaker, music performances and a cake reception are featured in this second annual celebration sponsored by the University of Iowa African American Council and Bethel A.M.E. Church of Iowa City.

The dreams, actions and spirit leading up to this defining moment in history are the focus of the event, celebrating the emancipation of African Americans from slavery.

While the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is deemed as the end of slavery in this nation, official notice was delivered two and a half years later to the last slave state, Texas, thus ending slavery. The date of that last proclamation of freedom was June 19, 1865, thus the Juneteenth Celebration.

Juneteenth celebrations have grown in popularity across the nation and worldwide in recent decades.

For more information, contact Billie Townsend at 319-354-5995 or


Cleary Walkway utility project to start June 21

Utility construction work will begin on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway just west of the John Pappajohn Business Building on Monday, June 21.

The work is necessary to repair the utility steam system beneath the walkway. Pedestrian access through this area will be reduced to 8-foot wide pathways on both the east and west sides of the construction site. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 20.  

For additional information about this project, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Writer, activist Ann Linnea reads June 25 at the Writing University

Writer and activist Ann Linnea will read from "Keepers of The Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 25, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and then archived on the Writing University website,

In the tradition of Annie Dillard and John McPhee, Linnea interviews 14 tree keepers about their life and work saving North America's forests, telling the true stories of a tree doctor, big-tree hunter Will Blozan, Plant Amnesty’s pruner and 94-year-old logger Merve Wilkinson.

She reveals the inspiration and organization behind their advocacy with detailed explanations of how their lives have come to be shaped by the forests they are fighting to preserve.

Linnea began her writing career in Utah, writing hiking and skiing guides during her years as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. She co-authored the award-winning "Teaching Kids to Love the Earth." In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak, an 1,800 mile journey that became the basis for her memoir, "Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life."


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