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Feb. 7, 2011

At A Glance

Climate Healers founder to speak on sustainability alternatives Feb. 10
Sailesh Rao, founder and president of the non-profit organization Climate Healers, will discuss sustainability and alternatives to current debates on the climate issue Thursday, Feb. 10, on the University of Iowa campus. His talk, "From Meditation to Mitigation? Changing Paradigms in the Face of Climate Change," will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Rao will discuss the global climate crisis and examine the basic foundational axioms at the nexus of the current debates on population, consumption and technology that leaves an enormous human footprint on this fragile earth. He will then present a thought-provoking alternative to these debates.
Prior to starting Climate Healers, Rao was involved in many projects related to sustainability, including his membership in Al Gore's Climate Project. For more information on Climate Healers, visit
Events sponsors include: UI International Programs; the Department of Geography and the Environmental Sciences Program, both in the College of Liberals Arts and Sciences; the UI Office of Sustainability; and the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. 

For more information, contact Raj Rajagopal at or 319-335-0160.


Law school symposium examines reregulation of American economy Feb. 18, 19

The University of Iowa College of Law will examine how businesses have been reregulated in the last two years in a symposium set for Feb. 18 and 19 in the Boyd Law Building.

"Reregulation & The Business Firm" will examine how 30 years of government deregulation of the economy came to an end with the 2008 financial collapse, and its transition to the new period of reregulation.

Speakers will examine how reregulation has affected three major sectors of the economy: healthcare, telecommunications and financial institutions.

Panel discussions will be held in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. A banquet and reception will be held Friday, Feb. 18 at Brown Deer Country Club in Coralville.

CLE credit is available. More information and registration is available at

The symposium papers will be published later this year in the law school's Journal of Corporation Law.


UI School of Music improvisational Latitude Ensemble performs Feb. 20

The Latitude Ensemble, a unique improvisational chamber ensemble, will present its debut concert in a free event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the University Capitol Center Recital Hall. The group is directed by University of Iowa School of Music faculty members Jeffrey Agrell and John Manning.

Agrell explains that the aim is to generate creative collaborations that combine the clarity of composed music -- with clear structure, melodies, rhythms, varying timbres and textures -- with the pizzazz of improvised music. Listeners experience a balance of both the familiar and the surprising, a mix of fun, imagination and virtuosity.

The audience also becomes part of the collaboration. The ensemble solicits suggestions from the audience that are used to set up pieces, and audience members are occasionally invited to take part in a performance.

The members of the ensemble -- some of which are graduates of Agrell's "Improvisation for Classical Musicians" course -- often switch from their main instruments to piano or small percussion instruments, or perform body or mouth percussion, vocalizations, spoken text or physical movements.

Some of the instant compositions make use of Soundpainting, a well-developed system of gestures that directs and molds improvisational performances.


Deadline approaching March 4 for student photography contest

The University of Iowa Aging Studies Program is sponsoring a photography contest for all university students, with cash prizes for the top three winners.

The contest, called Aging 360, is designed to increase visibility of contemporary older adults. The goal is to encourage a complete (360-degree) view of older adults by photographing them in a variety of settings and situations, not just the stereotypic portrayals common in TV programs, movies or ads, said Mercedes Bern-Klug, director of the Aging Studies Program.

Each student may submit up to two 8-by-10 color or black-and-white photos. Photographs must include at least one person age 65 or older. There is no entry fee, and the deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, March 4.

Photos will be judged on the basis of interest and emotional connection. The first-place award is $100, second place wins $50, and third place wins $25. Top entries will be displayed at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Aging Studies is a multidisciplinary certificate program administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in cooperation with other UI colleges.

For contest rules and entry forms, visit


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