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Feb. 1, 2011

At A Glance

Off Campus Housing Fair set for Feb. 10

The University of Iowa Off Campus Housing Service and the City of Iowa City are presenting an Off Campus Housing Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom.

The Off Campus Housing Fair will provide students with vital information and tips for living on their own. The event will be helpful to both students transitioning from living in the residence halls, and those currently in apartment living.

Expert service providers on tenant-landlord topics, entertainment and recreational opportunities and health and safety concerns will be present to provide advice to students about making a healthy and safe transition from on-campus living into the community. Local property managers will also attend the fair, which is being held with the support of UI Student Government, Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, and Student Legal Services.

All UI students considering off-campus living for next semester or already living off campus can ask questions and bring concerns to representatives at the fair.

In addition to the information, there will be drawings for iPads and $100 gift cards. For more information, contact Penny Kaelber at 319-335-3058.


UI Gallery series present 'Operation Midnight Climax' Feb. 10-13

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Operation Midnight Climax" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Matthew Benyo at 8 p.m. Feb. 10-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The play takes place in a CIA "safehouse" during the agency's secret experiments in which citizens were given large doses of LSD without their consent.

The CIA experiments are a little known footnote in American Cold War history. At the height of nuclear paranoia, the newly formed agency took it upon itself to experiment with radical brainwashing, mind control and interrogation techniques.

Among the first of these experiments was a project known as Operation Midnight Climax, in which prostitutes were employed to lure citizens into a safehouse, where they were slipped acid before being interrogated by CIA agents. The project began in 1953 and lasted into the mid-'60s.

Admission is $5 -- free for UI students -- and tickets are available one hour before showtime at the door. This production includes adult material, smoking and strobe lights; potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700, for more information.


Workshop: ‘Essential Elements of Trauma Informed Practice’ offered in Des Moines, Davenport

The University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering a workshop for counselors, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals on the best practices in treating psychological trauma. The workshop "Essential Elements of Trauma Informed Practice," will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 11 in Room 201 in the John and Mary Pappajohn Building, 1200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines and again on March 11 at Genesis Medical Center/East Campus in the Adler Health Education Center in Davenport.

Yvonne R. Farley, LISW, Clinical Assistant Professor in the UI School of Social Work and a specialist in recovery from trauma, will present the workshop. Farley will teach the 12 core concepts in treating clients experiencing trauma as well as the necessary elements when working with family groups.

The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes lunch. Four contact hours for CEU credit will be offered for Iowa and Illinois social workers, psychologists and nurses. Register at Contact Jefri Palermo, 319-335-3750.


Cancelled: Earvin "Magic" Johnson to Talk Business in UI Lecture

NBA legend turned successful entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson will discuss how his business ventures have helped revitalize inner-city communities across the country when he speaks at the University of Iowa at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Admission is free and open to the public. General admission tickets will be distributed through the IMU Box Office. Tickets will be available as of April 11. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and the majority of the seating is first-come, first-served.

After a champion career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Johnson now leads the No. 1 brand in urban America as the chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information about Johnson’s business ventures, visit Johnson is also founder and chairman of the Magic Johnson Foundation, which has become one of the most recognizable charitable organizations around the world.

The lecture is supported by the Tippie College of Business’ Kloppenburg-Stead Leadership Speaker Series in association with the UI Lecture Committee.


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