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March 22, 2010

At A Glance

Orr to present 'Down to the Wire: Post-Copenhagen Plan B' March 29

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights' (UICHR) Climate Change Lecture Series will present David Orr at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in Room 101 Biology Building East on the UI campus. His lecture, "Down to the Wire: Post-Copenhagen Plan B," will explore climate change policy and local responses to the failure to create a national response.

Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, special assistant to the president of Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. He is also an accomplished environmental scholar, teacher, speaker, entrepreneur and author of six critically acclaimed books. His work spans many fields such as campus greening, green design, environmental politics, environmental education and climate change. His vision and efforts helped launch the green campus initiative across the United States.

A reception will follow the lecture. Orr will be available to sign copies of his latest book, "Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse," which will be available for purchase.

The UICHR is part of International Programs at the UI. For more information, visit or contact Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or


Zimbabwean exile Philemon Matibe to speak March 30

Philemon Matibe, a noted Zimbabwean exile and a passionate advocate for democracy, will talk about his new book and his life experiences in a talk titled "Zimbabwe: Despotism or Democracy?" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

Matibe lost everything in the face of tyranny, including his Zimbabwean citizenship, and he is committed to exposing the government corruption he has witnessed. He is driven to return to Zimbabwe to rebuild a greater country. His book, "Madhinga Bucket Boy," is his memoir of growing up amid apartheid in Rhodesia and fighting against tyranny in Zimbabwe.

Among other endeavors, Matibe is a helicopter pilot, coffee roaster and agro-business entrepreneur. He has two children and lives in exile in the United States.

Sponsors include the African Studies Program and International Programs at the University of Iowa.

Matibe will also participate in a book reading and discussion for the Prairie InSight program at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. For more information, visit

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


Public invited to 'The Meskwaki in the Iowa River Valley' symposium March 31

The public is invited to a symposium from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel Veteran' Convention Center, located on Highway 30, west of Tama, Iowa.

"The Meskwaki in the Iowa River Valley" will feature lectures by four scholars who have studied the Meskwaki Nation and its strong and enduring relationship to the Iowa River Valley.

Presentations will be made by Laura Rigal, University of Iowa associate professor of English and American studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Cindy Peterson, UI Office of the State Archaeologist; historian Kathy Gourley, State Historical Society of Iowa; and Peter Hoehnle, project manager, Iowa Valley Scenic Byway for the Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council. Johnathan L. Buffalo and Stephanie Snow of the Meskwaki Nation will host the event, and a group of young Meskwaki students studying tribal culture will perform.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, visit or contact Hoehnle at 319-622-3264,, or Lynn Alex, 319-384-0561,


Iowa City Mini Medical School examines translational medicine

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a four-session Mini Medical School program, "Breakthroughs in Medicine: Translating Biomedical Discoveries at IOWA," in April. The fee is $5 for all sessions. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

The sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, in the Dr. Prem Sahai Auditorium in the Medical Education and Research Facility on the UI campus. UI medical faculty will explain how biomedical discoveries are translated into new treatments, provide hands-on learning experiences and inform key health issues.

Topics will include:
--Collaborative research in the UI Pappajohn Biomedical Institute on cystic fibrosis, cancer, blinding eye diseases and other disorders.
--Advances in biomedical imaging.
--The college's innovations in medical education.

To register or for more information, visit online at, call 877-MED-IOWA (877-633-4692) or e-mail


UI Children's Hospital offers free safety fair for children

Children age 6 and younger and their caregivers are invited to the 17th annual University of Iowa Children's Hospital Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Quality Inn and Suites located at 2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The event is free, but registration is required. Registration by April 5 is preferred.

The fair aims to improve children's understanding of accident risks and help them avoid injury. Children can learn about a variety of health and safety topics, including burn prevention, bike safety and booster seat safety.

The event is hosted by staff of the Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics and is supported in part by funding from Children's Miracle Network.

For more information and to register, call 319-353-7972 or email


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