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At A Glance

Office of State Archaeologist at UI shares in national award

The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) at the University of Iowa is sharing in a national Partners in Conservation Award for its participation in Project Archaeology, a network of state and regional programs to provide educational materials and professional development opportunities to 10,000 educators nationwide.

The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is made to organizations that have achieved exemplary conservation results with community engagement and local partnerships.

The OSA has been a Project Archaeology partner for over a decade. Two OSA staff members, Lynn M. Alex, director of education and outreach, and Shirley J. Schermer, burials program director, serve on the national team that helps develop curriculum and programming.

In Iowa, the OSA has trained archaeologists and K-12 educators across the state and taught students in schools, conservation-education settings, and at summer classes for the UI Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

The OSA is also planning two Project Archaeology professional development teacher workshops for the summer of 2012 in partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and National Historic Site and Golden Hills Resource, Conservation and Development, a nonprofit organization in western Iowa's Loess Hills.


Longmire is added to Writing University live stream schedule

Writer and photographer Stephen Longmire, a faculty member at Yale University, will introduce his new book, Life and Death on the Prairie, about the Rochester Cemetery in Cedar County, in a free event at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Prairie Lights Books. The event, which will include slides for the live audience, will be streamed by the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

The Rochester Cemetery is a block of ecologically diverse native prairie that has been used as a cemetery since the 1830s.

Longmire's photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY. They are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Grinnell College, and the National Park Service. An exhibit of Longmire's work is also on display in the UI Old Capitol Museum through Dec. 11; for details, visit

He has written on photographic art for a wide range of publications, including Afterimage and the Chicago Reader, and taught the history and practice of photography at Georgetown University and Columbia College Chicago. 


Canceled: Dec. 10 opera scenes performance will preview upcoming 'Turn of the Screw'

An upcoming University of Iowa Martha-Ellen The Opera Theater production of Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" will be previewed in a free event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

The event will include excerpts from what has been described as "one of the world's spookiest operas," and a lecture by stage director Alan E. Hicks, a visiting faculty member in the School of Music this year.

"The Turn of the Screw," which was premiered in 1954, was based on the ghost-story novella by Henry James about a young governess of questionable sanity, and the ghosts who inhabit the Bly House, where she is in charge of the upbringing of two orphaned children.

Learn more about Hicks at


UI Electronic Music Studios present new student works Dec. 11

The Electronic Music Studios in the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free performance of new student works at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the UI campus.

The program will include:
--Hyungsub Lim's "Alali" Aris on the "Pyeong Chang Alali" Theme, the Korean folk song that will open the Winter Olympics in 2018.
--"Keen Awareness" by Benjamin Taylor, who manipulated the captured sounds of a variety of sharp metal blades.
--"Making Show Pictures II" by Yunsoo Kim, based on the work of painter Wassily Kandinsky.
--"secondOrderConstellation" and "Diptiq," written in the SuperCollider computer music language by Benjamin O'Brien.
--"Contrasting Images" by Shane Hoose.
--"either/or" for live laptop/electronics with audience participation, by Jason Palamara.

For more information about the Electronic Music Studios, visit


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