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April 22, 2011

At A Glance

Earth Day events postponed

Three Earth Day events at the University of Iowa have been postponed because of inclement weather.

The waste sort at Burge and Daum residence halls has been postponed until the fall.

The OrgPlant tree planting competition has been postponed until 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, with check-in at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. And a Bike to Campus event has been postponed until Friday, April 29 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the corner of Melrose and Hawkins Drive (near Kinnick Stadium), and a second event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pentacrest at the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.

For further information and more Earth Day events, see


Nominations now being accepted for 2011 Kid Captains

Parents and guardians of current or former pediatric patients of University of Iowa Children's Hospital are invited to nominate their child as a Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes' 2011 football season. Nominations will be accepted through May 15.

The Kid Captain program, now in its third year, is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor these current or former pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

Children selected as Kid Captains for home games will have an opportunity to take the field with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Children selected as Kid Captains for away game will receive special recognition during the week of the game.

Due to sideline safety concerns, only children who will be 8 or older by December 2011 will be considered for home game Kid Captain. Children 7 and younger will still be considered for the honorary (away game) Kid Captain.

For more information, to nominate your child or to view videos of previous Kid Captains, please visit


Law student research paper wins national legal writing contest

Rui Li, a third year law student at the University of Iowa College of Law, is the winner of the National Law Review's Spring 2011 Legal Writing Contest.

Li's winning paper is titled "Antitrust, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Online Music Industry: An Antitrust Analysis of Apple's Combination of Services and Products."

The NLR's award is presented to articles that are straightforward and practical, containing useful information of potential interest to legal and business professionals. Li's paper can be found online at


Materialism and metaphysics in Walcott's poetry is topic of April 29 lecture
Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
George Handley will be speaking on "The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott." He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott's recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.
Handley is professor of humanities at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 
This is the second talk in the two-part lecture series "Island Topographies: Mapping Caribbean Ecopoetics" from the University of Iowa Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program.
This lecture is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, the European Studies Group, both in UI International Programs; and the UI departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature, English, and Spanish and Portuguese, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, visit or contact Anny Curtius at or 319-335-2261.


UI symposium explores methodologies in second language acquisition April 29-30
The University of Iowa 2011 Second Language Acquisition (SLA) graduate student symposium will take place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, in 2520D, University Capitol Centre. The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be found at
SLA graduate students at the UI and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have a partnership to host an annual SLA student symposium, alternating between the universities each year. This year's theme is Methodologies in SLA.
The symposium features student papers and posters, panel discussions on "Mixed Methods Research in SLA" and "Collaboration and Co-authoring in SLA," and plenary speakers, including Diane Larsen-Freeman of the University of Michigan, Monika Chavez of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Richard Hurtig of the UI.
This symposium is supported by International Programs, Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE), the UI Graduate College, the Language Media Center, the Confucius Institute, a Coca-Cola Fund and the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the following departments: German, Spanish and Portuguese, French and Italian, and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Visit or contact Katharina Kley at or 319-471-7616.


'Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest' film series concludes with 'The Sixties'

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa will conclude the "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest" film series with a screening of the PBS special "The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation," Sunday May 1, at 1:30 p.m. in Old Capitol's Senate Chamber.

The film accompanies "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest," an Old Capitol Museum exhibition documenting the tumultuous 1965-75 decade on the UI campus, which will close on 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 film series. "The Sixties (, the Years that Shaped a Generation" is illuminated with images of freedom protests, atom bombs, flower power, and a nation divided by the Vietnam War.

"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. For more information, visit


Soprano Joselson will present free faculty member May 2 at UI

Soprano Rachel Joselson, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be accompanied by pianist David Tsu in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be "Ich wandere durch Theresienstadt" by Ilse Weber, "Breulinka" (Three Yiddish Songs) by Victor Ullmann, "Voi lo spate" by Pietro Mascagni," "Donde liter usci" by Puccini, "Ah, no credea" by Vicenzo Bellini, "Deh vieni" by W.A. Mozart, "Habanera" by Bizet, "My White Knight" by Meredith Willson, "Somebody Somewhere" by Frank Loesser, "Light in the Piazza" by Adam Guettel, "Take Me to the World" by Sondheim and "Sons of" by Jacques Brel.

Czech composer, pianist and conductor Victor Ullmann, student of Schoenberg, was sent to Theresienstadt, where he was incredibly prolific during his horrific internment. Shortly before his famous protest opera, "Der Kaiser von Atlantis," premiered, he was sent to die in Auschwitz. 

Poet Ilse Weber was voluntary transported in 1944 with the children of the Theresienstadt concentration camp to Auschwitz, where she died in the gas chambers. During her incarceration at Theresienstadt she wrote and performed songs for the children, accompanying herself on guitar.

Read Joselson's biography at


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