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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" ( 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


Impact of war spending in Sri Lanka topic of UI talk April 14
Hennadige N. Thenuwara, an expert in design of economic policy, will present an upcoming lecture on how the government of Sri Lanka designed economic policy amidst the 35-year civil war that lasted until 2009.
The talk is titled "Economic Policies and Public Finance in Sri Lanka: Did War Expenditure Matter?" and will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Thenuwara is an adjunct assistant professor in economics at the University of Iowa and the former assistant governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He received his doctorate in economics from the UI Tippie College of Business.
This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program and UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Paul Greenough at or 319-335-2222.


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 Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at

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.
--The Quintet No. 2, op. 6, by late 19th and early 20th century composer Victor Ewald, whose works are popular staples of brass repertoire.
--The "Suite from the Monteregian Hills," based on French Canadian folk songs, by 20th-century Canadian composer Morley Calvert.
--The jazz- and folk-influenced Suite No. 1 for Brass Quintet by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer William Schmidt.
--And the tongue-in-cheek Music Hall Suite by Vienna-born Joseph Horovitz, recalling the popular entertainments of early 20th-century England.
Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Learn more at


UI Carver College of Medicine 'Examined Life' conference hosts screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize winner

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is presenting its fifth annual writing conference with guests that include a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the author and screenwriter of two popular cable television shows, and a poet.

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


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.
--PharmCamp, for girls having completed grades 4-6, July 18-22.
--RESP:ECT (Renewable Energy Science Program: Enriching the Community for Tomorrow), for students having completed grades 5, 6, or 7, July 18-22 and July 25-29.

For more information or to register, visit or call 319-335-5706.


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