April 7, 2011
At A Glance
CLAS names Ganim director of Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has appointed Russell Ganim director of its new Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Ganim is currently professor and chair of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). He will begin his UI appointment in July.
A scholar of 17th-century French literature, Ganim co-edits the annual "EMF: Studies in Early Modern France," and its monograph series, "EMF Critiques." A member and former co-acting director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL, his digital projects include a website, "Images of Power in Louis XIV's France" (http://cdrh.unl.edu/louisxiv/). His publications include the book "Renaissance Resonance: Lyric Modality in La Ceppède's Théorèmes" (Editions Rodopi), several edited collections on 17th-century French literature and art, and numerous scholarly articles.
As department chair at Nebraska, Ganim was active in distance education and outreach initiatives, fundraising and promoting service learning.
The Iowa Board of Regents unanimously approved the new division in September 2010. It includes the departments of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, French and Italian, German, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as the American Sign Language Program and the Language Media Center.
Making money using green business practices to be discussed at UI
Green entrepreneur Elliot Hoffman will discuss how businesses can make money while embracing environmentally friendly practices when he speaks at the University of Iowa on Thursday, April 14.
Hoffman's discussion begins at noon in Room W401 in the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free and open to the public.
Hoffman is the founder of True Market Solutions, a San Francisco-based company that works with small and mid-sized businesses to help them improve profits by embracing sustainable business practices. The business works with clients to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and carbon emissions while building branding brand equity and revenue. The company has several clients in Iowa.
Hoffman will also discuss sustainability in a discussion at the Iowa City Public Library at 7 p.m. on April 14.
For more information visit http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/lecture-elliot-hoffman-sustainability-and-business/.
Impact of war spending in Sri Lanka topic of UI talk April 14
UI Press releases Walt Whitman bibliographical supplement
"A Supplement to 'Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography,'" by literary bibliographer Joel Myerson -- a new volume in the Iowa Whitman Series -- will become available April 15, from the University of Iowa Press.
The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or http://www.uiowapress.org. Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at http://www.eurospanbookstore.com.
Focusing on actual publications by Whitman rather than those about him, Myerson's painstakingly compiled supplement to his 1993 "Walt Whitman: A Descriptive Bibliography" includes almost 20 years of newly discovered and updated materials. The compilation was based on evidence gathered from personal inspection of multiple copies of Whitman's works in American, Canadian, British and New Zealand libraries.
Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American literature at the University of South Carolina. An authority on Transcendentalism and textual and bibliographical studies, he has written, edited, coauthored or coedited books including "Whitman in His Own Time," "Emerson in His Own Time" and "Fuller in Her Own Time" from the UI Press.
Iowa Brass Quintet presents free concert April 19
The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ), a faculty ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free spring concert ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
The program will be:
--A Canadian Brass arrangement of the Fugue in G Minor by J.S. Bach.
UI Carver College of Medicine 'Examined Life' conference hosts screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize winner
The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine is a three-day conference focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing. This year's conference is April 21-23 at the University of Iowa.
Featured speakers are Chris Offutt, screenwriter on the shows "True Blood" and "Weeds;" Paul Harding, 2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and poet and memoirist Rachel Hadas. Each presentation is open to the public.
Both Offutt and Harding are alumni of the University of Iowa and former faculty members of the UI Writers' Workshop.
For more conference information or to register, go to http://examinedlifeconference.com.
College of Engineering camps for kids begin in Iowa City on June 20
The University of Iowa College of Engineering K-12 Outreach program will present three summer camp programs for children beginning June 20.
The programs, to be held at the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences on the UI Campus in Iowa City, will offer a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for children of all ages. They are:
--Robotics Camp, for ages 9-12, June 20-24, July 11-15, and Aug 1-5.
For more information or to register, visit http://k-12.engineering.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-335-5706.
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