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April 6, 2011

At A Glance

Robinson, two IWP writers are Man Booker International finalists

Thirteen finalists have been announced for the biennial Man Booker International Prize, worth 60,000 British pounds, and the list includes Pulitzer Prize-winning University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson and three other writers with UI connections.

Both the finalists from China are alumni of the UI International Writing Program: Shanghai writer Wang Anyi, among the most widely read authors of the post-Cultural Revolution era, was in residence in 1983; and 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize-winner Su Tong, best known in the West as the author of the book on which the film "Raise the Red Lantern" was based, was at the UI in 2001.

Former Writers' Workshop faculty member Philip Roth was one of the other two finalists from the United States.

The Man Booker Prize, one of the world's major literary awards, honors the best novel of the year by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

The International Prize recognizes the overall contributions a living author who publishes in English or whose work is generally available in English translation. The winner will be announced May 18 at the Sydney Writers' Festival and celebrated in a London award ceremony June 28.


Puderbaugh to speak about choral music at Finding God at Iowa forum April 8

David Puderbaugh, assistant professor of music and assistant director of choral activities at the University of Iowa will speak on "Death and Resurrection of Jesus in Choral Music" at the next Finding God at Iowa lunch forum, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Puderbaugh will play and comment on several selections of music in the Western tradition that have focused on the Christian themes of the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

The "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the regular school year.  Christian faculty, staff and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues.
For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


CIVIC hosts mock caucus with international legislators at City High April 11
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC), a community partner of University of Iowa International Programs, is hosting a mock caucus at 10 a.m. Monday, April 11, in the student commons of City High School in Iowa City. This event is free and open to the public. Guests should check in at the main office.

Participating in the caucus will be a group of Legislative Fellows from Central Asia – Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Nepal and Bangladesh – as well as members of Poland's Parliament who are traveling through Iowa and other U.S. states to study U.S. elections and foreign policy. Both groups are here on U.S. Department of State exchanges. 
In the mock caucus, the visitors will join City High students in a caucus to determine "the best place in the Iowa City/Coralville area." The caucus will give the visitors and students an opportunity to learn the process of both Democratic and Republican Iowa caucuses in a fun and educational way.
Since the 1970s, Iowa's caucuses have been the first statewide tests for presidential candidates in the nation.
For more information, contact Danielle Dahl at or 319-335-2823.


Guest artist de la Concha lectures at the UI April 12

Spanish painter Felix de la Concha, a guest in the media, social practice and design areas of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7 p.m Tuesday, April 12, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

De la Concha creates multidimensional portrayals of his subjects while conducting and recording video or audio interviews about their lives, work and views on art -- including some writers at the UI International Writing Program.

He studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid, where he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world, with solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. He splits time between Madrid and Iowa City where his wife and artistic collaborator, poet Ana Merino, teaches in the UI department of Spanish and Portuguese.


UIMA films series concludes with 'Fact Meets Fiction' April 15

A University of Iowa Museum of Art film series, "Rites of Resistance: Gender, Performance Art, and Film in the '60s and '70s," concludes with a showing of "Fact Meets Fiction: Feminist Performative Documentaries," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Room E105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

The final film of the six-part series features scenes from the films "Daughter Rite" by Michelle Citron and "Soft Fiction" by Chick Strand. The showing is free and open to the public, but some content may be unsuitable for children; parental guidance is advised.

The film series is offered in conjunction with UIMA's exhibition "Lil Picard and Counterculture New York," open Feb. 24 through May 27 in the Iowa Memorial Union's Black Box Theater. UI graduate students David Oscar Harvey and Andrew Ritchey organized the series, which is a collaboration between the UIMA and UI Department of Cinema & Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. UIMA donors Robert A. Rasley and Kumi Morris and William T. Downing are the sponsors.


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