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April 1, 2011

At A Glance

UI Awards Diversity Catalyst Seed Grants

The University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office has awarded Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grants for five projects for 2011. The grants target creative projects that enhance and encourage the diversity goals of the University's strategic plan, "Renewing the Iowa Promise: Great Opportunities—Bold Expectations, 2010–2016."

Program grants of up to $1,000 are provided as seed money to support projects and programs with immediate impact for enhancing the diversity goals of the university's strategic plan. Strong consideration is given to proposals demonstrating collaboration across groups that advance cross-cultural understanding, strengthen positive intergroup relations, and promote a welcoming learning, living, and working environment.

More information, and a complete list of grant winners, is available at


Henry A. Wallace papers available in Iowa Digital Library

Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965) was Franklin Roosevelt's fiery vice president and founder of the Progressive Party. Now, University of Iowa Libraries has digitized the papers of this remarkable native Iowan at

Wallace was at the crossroads of some of the 20th century's most important moments: the economic and agricultural consequences of the Great Depression, the role of the vice president during World War II and the subsequent development of alternative political party structures.
The digital collection spans 1900-1965 and features images, a collection index, and 67,000 pages of correspondence, memoranda and other documents from UI Special Collections. It also includes photography from throughout the native Iowan's public life.

Made possible in part by a grant for the National Historical Publications and Records Committee (NHPRC), the collection was created from the microfilm edition of the Wallace papers.
Digital collection users can now search an online index of the Wallace papers, which include not only Iowa's holdings on microfilm but also those at the Library of Congress and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.


New UI Press book examines regional identities in literature

The University of Iowa Press released "Sum of the Parts: The Mathematics and Politics of Region, Place, and Writing" by Kent Ryden on April 1.

This cultural/literary study is part of the American Land and Life Series edited by Wayne Franklin.

Ryden, who teaches at the University of Southern Maine, employs mathematical models that complement his ideas. While focusing on both classic and contemporary literary regionalists, Ryden demonstrates that regionalism, in the cultural sense, retains a great deal of power as a framework for literary interpretation.

He examines works of American regional writing to explore how literary partisans of place create and recreate, attack and defend, argue over and dramatize the meaning and identity of their regions in the pages of their books.

The American Land and Life Series is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of North American cultural and natural regions.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


Front Street closed April 4-13

Front Street, which runs north and south along the west side of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, will be closed in the one-block area between Court Street and Burlington Street Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 13. 

The closure is necessary for construction related to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Flood Mitigation Project. Signage will be in place. Direct questions to Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Museum of Natural History events in Earth Month Film Series

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host a special Movies@MNH Earth Month Series in conjunction with other campus events planned to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Movies@MNH Earth Month series will include two feature-length documentaries as well as the Hollywood film "Hoot."

The films, which will be shown on Sundays at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, are:
— April 4, "Who Killed the Electric Car"
— April 17, "Hoot"
— April 25, "Earth Days"

Other Earth Month activities will include visits from Don "The Fossil Guy" Johnson at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, April 9, 16 and 23; Storytime Adventures: "Prairie Animals" on Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m.; and the Pentacrest Museums Family Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17.

The Movies@MNH Earth Month Series is sponsored by the UI Museum of Natural History with assistance from the UI Office of Sustainability. For more information concerning the Museum or other Earth Month Programs, please visit For more information on the Office of Sustainability, visit


Old Hospital Road near Oakdale Hall closed April 5

UPDATE: This temporary road and parking lot closure has been extended until Friday, April 15 due to complications with the removal of the southwest corner of Oakdale Hall. The relocated bus stops will remain in place until the road reopens.

Old Hospital Road along the south side of the Oakdale Hall demolition site at the University of Iowa Research Park will be closed for several days beginning Tuesday, April 5 to allow the contractor to complete the removal of the building.

The East Lot and West Lot will both be closed and will have temporary Cambus stops. The temporary stop for East Lot will be on Oakdale Road at the entrance to the lot. The temporary stop for the West Lot will be just across the railroad tracks at the intersection of Old Hospital Road and Postal Road.
The road closure and temporary bus stop relocation will affect Bongo prediction information on the Research Park route and Research Park van route. Passengers should plan to use the Bongo website map for bus locations,
For more information about the Oakdale Hall razing project, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500. For additional information on UI bus routes and stops, contact Cambus at 319-335-8633. 


'Chaos and Creation' film series continues April 10 with 'High School'

A film series accompanying an exhibition about the Vietnam War era on the University of Iowa campus will continue Sunday, April 10, with a screening of "High School," a documentary about a Philadelphia school.

The film will be screened at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Hall Auditorium on the UI campus. It is part of a series that accompanies "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest," an Old Capitol Museum exhibit that continues through May 22.

Both the film series and museum exhibit are free and open to the public. Ryan Watson, UI doctoral student in film studies, serves as host for the movies.

"High School," a 1968 film directed by Fredrick Wiseman, presents a series of encounters involving teachers, students, parents and administrators. It is through those encounters that the ideology and values of the school emerge.

The final film in the series, "The Sixties: Years That Shaped a Generation," will be shown Sunday, May 1.

"Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest" is located in the Hanson Family Humanities Gallery on the lower level of the Old Capitol Museum and continues through May 22.


Recreational Services offers Dutch oven cooking class April 15

Want to cook up some tasty meals on your next outdoor adventure? Get some new ideas for Dutch oven cooking at an outdoor cooking class 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive. in Iowa City.

The class, part of the UI Recreational Services' Touch the Earth program, will cover dinner and dessert meals. Cost is $20 and registrations are due Wednesday, April 6 at the Outdoor Rental Center, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center or the Field House.

For more information, call 319-384-1225 or see


UI School of Music hosts Iowa Flute Festival 2011 April 16

The University of Iowa School of Music will host Iowa Flute Festival 2011, organized by faculty member Nichole Esposito, on Saturday, April 16. The festival will conclude with a concert, free and open to the public, at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The featured guest artists are Italian flute soloist Raffele Trevisani and Iceland's Stefan Hoskuldsson, principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

One of the few students of James Galway, Trevisani began his solo career with I Solisti Veniti and has since appeared as soloist at major venues in Europe, North America, South America, Japan and the Middle East.

Hoskuldsson has performed under conductors including James Levine, Valerie Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Essa Pekka Salonen and Ricardo Muti, and he has collaborated with Alfred Brendel, Yifim Brofman, Gil Shiham, Diana Damrau and other prominent artists.

For registrants the festival will include exhibitions, a reading session, the Flute Wonders competition for junior high and high school students, master classes, a Q&A with the guest artists and additional performances.

For more information, including registration details, visit


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