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March 25, 2010

At A Glance

UI Delta Center presents categorization workshop March 29

The University of Iowa Delta Center will offer a free, public workshop, "Developmental, Comparative and Computational Approaches to Categorization," from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, March 29, in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

The workshop is sponsored by the Delta Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Spelman-Rockefeller fund at the UI.

Psychologist Bradley Love of the University of Texas at Austin will present, "Putting the Pieces Together: Contributions and Interactions of Various Learning Systems." Vladimir Sloutsky, a psychologist at Ohio State University, will discuss, "Early Categorization: What is the Mechanism and What Develops." Ed Wasserman, Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology at the UI, will speak on "Categorization of Photographic Stimuli by Pigeons." The moderator will be Delta Center Director John Spencer, professor of psychology at the UI.

Delta, the Greek symbol for change, represents the researchers' goal to move beyond traditional scientific approaches for studying learning and development in favor of a viewpoint that embraces life's full complexity. For more information on the Delta Center, visit


Femicide, drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, focus of lecture March 30

Maria Socorro Tabuenca will speak about her research surrounding femicide and drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, from 4 to 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Room 3321, Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus. The Latin American Studies Program, part of International Programs at the University of Iowa, will sponsor the lecture.

Since 1992, Tabuenca has been a researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera, a research center that studies issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. She has also served as the dean for the research center's northwest region since 1999.

Femicide, or the mass murder of women because they are women, has been a phrase used to describe the nearly 400 murders of young women on the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Juarez.

Tabuenca has published in national and international journals mainly on Mexican-border women writers, borders' theories, border cultural production and Chicano/a film and literature. She has also been teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso as a part-time lecturer in the Chicano studies program since 1992.

For more information, contact Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez at or 319-335-3452.


UI alumna Ashley Butler will read from essay collection

Ashley Butler, a graduate of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from her essay collection, "Dear Sound of Footstep," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Prairie Lights Books at 15 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. The free "Live from Prairie Lights" event will be streamed live and archived on the Writing University Web site,

In "Dear Sound of Footstep," Butler uses her mother's physical deterioration and death as a touchstone from which she launches into flights of fantasy, research and contemplation. Her candid narrative evolves into an abstract deconstruction of time, space and meaning.

Among the subjects she touches on: the fastest man on earth, wind farms and tunnels, the anechoic (without echo) chamber at Harvard University, and some of history's oddest seekers of spiritual and scientific knowledge.

Butler's work has appeared in Ninth Letter, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Creative Nonfiction and POOL.


Ben Fountain reads for UI Writers' Workshop April 1

Fiction writer Ben Fountain will present a free reading as a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Fountain, who holds degrees in both English and law and practiced as an attorney for 20 years before turning to writing, is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection "Brief Encounters with Che Guevara," winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award.

The stories' well-meaning American protagonists are caught -- to both disastrous and hilarious effect -- in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them, usually in the Third World.

Fountain's fiction has appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, and "New Stories from the South," and he has been awarded an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and a Whiting Writers Award.


Liszt Society celebrates Schumann and Chopin at the UI

The Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society will present a free concert, "Celebrating Music of Schumann and Chopin," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

The performers will be UI School of Music faculty member Ksenia Nosikova, UI piano performance students Casey Rafin and Ryan McNamara, Iowa State University faculty member William David, and ISU students Emma Smith and Michael Bagby.

During the first half of the program the students will perform Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Scherzo No. 4 in E Major and Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major.

The second half will feature David and Nosikova in performances of Schumann's "Papillions," Op. 2, and the Sonata in F Minor, Op. 14.

The Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society was co-founded in 2008 by Nosikova, who is serving as the chapter's president.

For additional information about the Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society, visit


Symposium on Youth and Urban Culture in East Africa April 2, 3

A two-day symposium featuring the screening of two films by Ron Mulvihill will take place on the University of Iowa campus beginning at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3. The event is free and open to the public.

Events begin at 9 a.m. Friday, April 2, in Room 109 of the English Philosophy Building. Morning and afternoon events feature discussion and films about urban culture in East Africa. Mulvihill's film "Maangamizi: The Ancient One" will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB).

After the morning events on Saturday, another Mulvilhill film will be shown at 1 p.m. in BCSB 101,  "Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar's Nadi Ikhwan Safaa." This feature-length documentary film explores the music, poetry, history and personalities of an esteemed East African orchestra. Mulvilhill will be present to lead a discussion afterwards.

For a complete schedule with room assignments and start times, see

An Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant, the African Studies Program, the UI Department of English and International Programs at the UI co-sponsor this event.

For more information, contact Jim Giblin at or 319-335-2288.


Trumpeter Amy Schendel presents UI faculty recital April 8

Trumpeter Amy Schendel, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Riverside Recital Hall (the former St. Thomas More church).

She will be joined by trombonist Todd Schendel and pianist Shari Rhoads in performances of Chamber Music VII: "Ceremonies" for trumpet and piano by Robert Suderburg; "Psalms" by Daniel Pinkham; "An Elizabethan Songbook" for trumpet, trombone and piano; and the Concertino for trumpet, trombone and piano by Jacques Casterede.

Schendel has held positions with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

She also won trumpet positions with the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own," and the United States Air Force Ceremonial Band and she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Augsburg, Germany.

Schendel currently performs with the Contrapunctus Brass Trio and has performed with the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.


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