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Feb. 14, 2011

At A Glance

UI College of Law scores high in magazine’s public interest law survey

The University of Iowa College of Law was given high marks for its public interest law programs in a survey conducted by the legal education magazine preLaw. The law school received a grade of A- for its public interest law projects and alumni who pursue careers in public interest law.

Only 96 of the more than 300 law schools in the United States made the list, and Iowa is ranked among the top 37.

The magazine’s rankings considered such criteria as the number of public service and pro bono opportunities in which students can participate, number of graduates working in public interest law positions, and overall cost of a legal education.

UI law students can participate in public interest law through its legal clinic or Citizen Lawyer Program (CLP). CLP projects include assisting Iowa district attorneys and public defenders, supporting Iowa Legal Aid, ADA advocacy, providing services for domestic abuse victims, and representing immigrants seeking political asylum.

More information about the rankings can be found at


Hawkeye Community Rowing team places in Midwinter Meltdown Competition

Nine members of the Hawkeye Community Rowing team placed in the Midwinter Meltdown Indoor Rowing Competition on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Held in Madison, Wis., the Midwinter Meltdown sends the top qualifying competitors to Boston to compete in the 2011 World Indoor Rowing Championships on Feb. 20.

First place medal winners were: Susan Ludwig in the Veteran A Women’s 2000-meter race, Jim Bradley in the Veteran D Men’s 2000 meter, Susan Kaliszewski and Kate Thorne in the Parent Child Women’s 500-meter Relay, and Jane Gressang and LlynnAnn Luellen in the Women’s Double on Slides 1000-meter Relay.

Second place medal winners were: Susan Ludwig in the Coxswain Women’s 1000 meter and Eric Wortman in the Masters Men’s 6000 meter. Third place medal winners were: Eric and Dean Wortman in the Parent Child Men’s 500-meter Relay, Jane Gressang in the Masters Women’s 2000 meter, and Chuck Hippee in the Veteran A Men’s 2000 meter.

The Hawkeye Community Rowing Program is a community-based rowing program offered through UI Recreational Services. For more information see or contact coach LlynnAnn Luellen at or 319-384-1292.


Museum of Natural History presents ‘Penguins and Puffins’ at Storytime Adventures Feb. 20

Children and families are invited to a story reading at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Museum staff will read “Penguins and Puffins” in Hageboeck Hall of Birds. Afterward, children will be able to complete a themed craft.
The reading is part of the Museum of Natural History’s monthly Storytime Adventures Series, which invites visitors to join museum staff on the third Sunday of each month for story time in the museum galleries, and explore animals and the environment in Iowa and around the world. Stories and activities are geared to preschool and elementary-aged students. 

All Storytime Adventures are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information, see:


Metropolitan Opera Live lecture series continues Feb. 21 with ‘Iphigénie en Tauride’

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will continue its lecture series coordinated with the Metropolitan Opera Live in high-definition theater screenings with a talk on Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” Monday, Feb. 21, presented by Robert Ketterer. All lectures take place at 5:30 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre conference seminar room 2520D and are free and open to the public.

Ketterer is a professor of classics in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The lecture series is intended to guide audiences to a better understanding of the Metropolitan Opera performances, which are shown live at Sycamore Theatres in Iowa City and other venues worldwide.

The last lecture in this series will be on Verdi’s “Il trovatore,” presented April 26.

This series is made possible with support from OSF, UI International Programs and a grant from Humanities Iowa.

For more information, visit or contact Roberta Marvin at 319-335-1438 or

To view a schedule of the 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera series, visit


Henry B. Tippie to discuss business lessons in UI speech

University of Iowa alumnus and benefactor Henry B. Tippie has run many businesses since graduating in 1949 and he will share the lessons of his success on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

Tippie’s speech begins at 5:45 p.m., with a reception starting at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Tippie, a native of Belle Plaine, helped build Rollins and Associates into a significant business that today has five companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange. He’s also owned a group of radio stations, is the chairman of Dover Motorsports and Dover Downs Entertainment, and lives on a ranch he owns near Austin, Texas.

His gifts to the UI support student scholarships and faculty research positions. He’s received the UI’s Distinguished Service Alumni Award and Hancher Finkbine Medallion, and the Tippie College of Business is named in his honor.


UI nonfiction alumna Balcita reads from new memoir Feb. 23

Angela Balcita, an alumna of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, will read from "Moonface: A True Romance," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Prairie Lights Books. The University of Iowa's Writing University website,, will stream the reading live.

"Moonface," expanded from her "Modern Love" column in the New York Times, is the true story of a young woman who found romance and laughter in the midst of illness.

At the age of 18, Balcita had reached a point in her life when her health could not keep up with her optimistic personality. After suffering kidney failure and her body's rejection of the kidney her brother donated to her, she was in desperate need of another transplant.

She found the ultimate partner in survival, her boyfriend, "Charlie." Although they had known each other for only a short time, Charlie offered her his kidney.

Balcita's work has appeared in the New York Times, Iowa Review, the Utne Reader and other publications. Learn more at And read a story about her experiences -- including a year on dialysis before a graduate-school friend from the UI donated a third kidney when the second one failed -- at


'Inventing Democracy' author to speak at College of Law

In its praise of Judith Resnik’s new book “Inventing Democracy,” the New York Times calls it a “treatise on threats to the modern judiciary that doubles as an obsessive’s tour of Western art through the lens of the law.”

Resnik, a Yale law professor, will discuss those threats and her tour observations when she delivers the James Fraser Smith Lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Room 245 in the Boyd Law Building.

Admission to the lecture, “Inventing Democratic Courts,” is free and open to the public.

“Inventing Justice,” co-written with Yale law professor Dennis Curtis, maps the development of the icon of Justice, a woman with scales and sword, and traces the development of public spaces dedicated to justice—courthouses—to explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the relationship between the courts and democracy.

The Times’ feature about “Representing Justice” is available at


Storr, Ida Beam guest of UI School of Art & Art History, presents lecture

Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art, will present a free Ida Beam lecture and Q&A session as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and Museum of Art at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in Room 101 of Biology Building East. Storr will address the 21st-century challenges facing art schools, and a reception will follow at the Times Club in Prairie Lights Books.

Storr was a curator for more than a decade at the Museum of Modern Art, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith and Robert Ryman.

In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He has taught at several other prominent institutions, and he was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position.

He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press and Frieze, and he has written or co-written numerous catalogs, articles and books, including "Philip Guston," "Chuck Close" and the forthcoming "Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois."


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