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Feb. 15, 2011

At A Glance

UI conference will explore INdIA Winterim experiences Feb. 19

The University of Iowa INdIA Winterim study abroad program will organize a student-moderated conference to allow over 125 recent student participants and instructors to share various aspects of their program experience. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Room W151, Pappajohn Business Building, and is free and open to the public.
The conference will be split into 40-minute segments centered around courses and topics the INdIA Winterim program addresses including sustainability, entrepreneurship and microfinance, palliative medicine, art and architecture, classical music and dance, water resources, environmental planning and more. For the full schedule, see   
The INdIA Winterim is a three-week program in India organized by the Office for Study Abroad in UI International Programs, the Winter Session Office in the UI Division of Continuing Education and the Department of Geography in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program is open to anyone -– not just UI students -- and allows participants to address a variety of social and environmental problems in India and explore local and global solutions.
For more information, contact Raj Rajagopal at or 319-335-0160. To learn more about INdIA Winterim program, visit


Martel reads from new Holocaust novel, with stuffed animals, Feb. 27

Montreal-based writer Yann Martel will present a reading from his controversial new Holocaust novel, "Beatrice and Virgil" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Iowa City Public Library, in a free event that will be archived on the University of Iowa's Writing University website,

Martel is the author of the bestseller "Life of Pi," which won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His short story "The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" was the winner of the Journey Prize.

The main characters of "Beatrice and Virgil" are two taxidermically preserved animals, a monkey and a donkey, who are encountered by a "blocked" writer writing a play about the Holocaust.

Read an article about the book and the problems it has encountered at


Clarinetist Mead and faculty colleagues play music for clarinet and strings

Clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead will be joined by faculty colleagues in the University of Iowa School of Music for a concert chamber music for clarinet and strings at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Oboist Andrew Parker, violist Christine Rutledge, cellist Hannah Holman, and pianist Rene Lecuona will collaborate with Mead in performances of the Suite for oboe, clarinet and viola by 20th-century American composer Randall Thompson and the Trio, opus 114, for clarinet, cello and piano by Johannes Brahms.

In addition to being an influential composer, primarily of choral works, Thompson was also a prominent teacher, who counted Leonard Bernstein among his many students.

Brahms vowed to abandon composing in 1890, but he relented and the clarinet trio, composed in admiration for the clarinetist of the orchestra in Meiningen, is one of several works for clarinet that are now considered late-life masterpieces.

Bios of the faculty performers are accessible at


Recreational Services hosts spring break Chickadee Camp March 14-18

Looking for a spring break camp for your kids? University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering Chickadee Camp for first through sixth grade students Monday, March 14, to Friday, March 18, at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

This camp provides students with a unique opportunity to study and observe the wildlife of the prairies, wetlands and woodlands of Macbride in a late winter setting. Activities include swimming, climbing, mapping, prairie and pond study, maple syruping, and eagle watching among others.

Cost is $195. For more information and a registration form, visit Registration must be sent via U.S. mail to: University of Iowa Wildlife Camps, Recreational Services, Attn: Jeanette Luke, E230 CRWC, Iowa City, IA 52242


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