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April 19, 2011

At A Glance

UI physician named on list of 100 best spine surgeons

A University of Iowa Health Care physician appears on the Chicago Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review recently released annual "100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America" list, which recognizes some of the country's most prominent and noteworthy spine surgeons.

Stuart Weinstein, M.D., a professor in the UI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, long considered one of the most well-respected scoliosis and spinal deformity experts in the nation, appears on the list. His surgical interests include pediatric spinal deformity and pediatric orthopedics. His research interests include the natural history and long-term consequences of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions.

Members of the list were selected for their leadership in prestigious spine organizations, their immense procedural and technological contributions to the field and other notable accomplishments pertaining to spine surgery.

Physicians do not pay and cannot pay to be selected as a best physician on this list.

The full-length edition of "100 of the Best Spine Surgeons and Specialists in America" can be accessed online at:


D'Amour, former UI playwright-in-residence, was 2011 Pulitzer finalist

Lisa D'Amour, a former playwright-in-residence in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in drama for her play "Detroit."

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 18 in New York. The winning play was "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris.

"Detroit" was described as, "A contemporary tragicomic play that depicts a slice of desperate life in a declining inner-ring suburb where hope is in foreclosure."

D'Amour was at the UI as a visiting professor in playwriting in the 2007-08 academic year, when she was working on a performance piece about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on her hometown, New Orleans.

An Obie Award winner, D'Amour has written "Hide Town," "Anna Bella Eema," "Nita and Zita," "Night Sky," "Red Death," "Tale of the West Texas Marsupial Girl," "16 Spells to Charm the Beast" and "The Cataract." "Detroit" was premiered by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater.

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POROI to present screening of 'Black American Gothic' April 20

The University of Iowa Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) will present a public screening of "Black American Gothic," a documentary by Carla Wilson about urban migration from Chicago to Iowa City, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library.

The 50-minute film deals with racial politics in Iowa City after the demise of public housing in Chicago. The story is told through the experience of Iowa City residents, both old and new. The film will be accompanied by a panel and community discussion moderated by Patrick Naick, assistant professor of English at Coe College.

Wilson's film is a follow-up to POROI's public rhetoric seminar series, "Media, Space and Race: The Case of Iowa City's 'Southeast Side.'" Wilson is a California-based independent filmmaker, and her husband Daniel Gross is a former UI rhetoric professor.

The film is not appropriate for younger viewers.

For more information, contact Scott Siegling at or 319-335-2752.


UI panel discussion focuses on Middle East, North Africa April 21
The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in "The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events," a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.
Panelists will include Mohaned Al-Janabi, a UI doctoral student from Iraq and president of the Iraqi Student Association; Shams Ghoneim, a native of Egypt and coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council Iowa Chapter;  Dan Olinghouse, a UI political science major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) who was studying abroad in Egypt when the 2011 revolt began; and Vicki Hesli, UI professor of comparative politics in CLAS whose research focuses include political parties, women and politics, and voting behavior.
There will be a Q -and-A session following the discussion.
This event is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Kelsey Kramer at or 319-384-2208.


UI lecture features Islamic reform in former Aden and the Indian Ocean April 26
Scott Reese, a historian of Islamic Africa, will give a lecture Tuesday, April 26, on "Salafi Transformations: The British Colony of Aden (Yemen) and the changing voices of Islamic religious reform in the Indian Ocean." His talk beings at 6 p.m. in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
This presentation explores Salafism in early 20th century Aden, now Yemen, as a key social and intellectual movement that shaped local politics and offered dynamic solutions to a wide range of problems within the port city's cosmopolitan communities. Reese will discuss whether the Salafis were Islamic reformers or simply a conservative group of Muslim thinkers.
Reese is an associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University.
A catered reception before the talk begins at 5:30 p.m. and is also free to the public.
The talk is part of the "Images of the Muslim World" series and the "Celebration of East Africa" series, both sponsored by the Middle East and Muslim World Studies scholarly group, the African Studies Program and UI International Programs.
For more information, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.


UI Chamber Orchestra performs Milhaus, Beethoven and Schubert May 1

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra, conducted by graduate students Kira Horel, Yuichi Ura and Michael Wright, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The Chamber Orchestra program will be "La creation du monde," op. 81a, by Milhaud; Beethoven's Overture to "Prometheus," Op. 43; and the Symphony no. 3, in D major by Schubert.

The All-University String Orchestra will perform Holst's "St. Paul's Suite," Op.29, No.2, H.118; Elgar's Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20; and W.A. Mozart's"Eine Kleine Nactmusik."

The Chamber Orchestra, designed for UI graduate students, is based around the ensemble format established during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its repertoire covers a broad range from Classical and early Romantic composers to contemporary.

The All-University String Orchestra performs one concert per semester and various community service oriented performances on a request basis.


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