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Feb. 16, 2011

At A Glance

Expert on college-town economic development to speak today

A real estate consultant with expertise in building business in college towns will deliver a presentation, “The Hidden Economies in College Towns,” at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Center in downtown Iowa City. The event is open to the public.

John Millar, executive vice president and principal of Divaris Real Estate in Virginia, is an expert on the development of mixed-use college town centers, retail centers and regional malls, as well as recruitment of new business with institutional investors. His experience also includes management, redevelopment, and overseeing reinvestment in millions of square feet of retail space in Chicago and other cities across the United States.

Millar believes that in the next decade or two, college towns will be at the forefront of growth as the two largest segments of the U.S. population -- “Baby Boomers” and college-bound “Echo Boomers” (also known as Generation Y) -- converge in these locations.

Millar’s visit is being sponsored by a coalition of businesses, developers, community members, and the University of Iowa and the City of Iowa City. For more information, contact Joshua Schamberger, president of the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 319-337-6592 or


MBA students to meet with financier, Medal of Freedom recipient Warren Buffett

A group of 20 University of Iowa MBA students will meet with newly minted Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Warren Buffett and talk about his ideas about business and finance on Friday, Feb. 18 in Omaha.

The visit is part of a Buffett tradition, where he invites management students from across the country to the headquarters of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, and answers questions for two hours.

Buffett also buys them lunch at his favorite restaurant, Piccolo Pete’s, and the students tour two Omaha-area businesses owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the Nebraska Furniture Mart and Borsheim’s Jewelers.

This is the third consecutive year that students from the UI’s Tippie School of Management have attended the annual event. It comes just three days after Buffett received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in a White House event on Tuesday.


Canceled: Middle East expert will give talk on Egypt Feb. 22

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) will welcome Brian Katulis, an expert on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East, for a lecture on Egypt and current events in the Middle East. The talk, “Implications for America's Broader Policies in the Middle East,” will begin at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Social Hall of the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP required at
An optional lunch will be catered by Oasis at a cost of $8 for ICFRC members and $9 for nonmembers. Luncheon reservations are due by noon on Monday, Feb. 21.

Katulis will share insights on the recent events in Egypt as well as what the next steps for the U.S., and more specifically the Obama administration, should be. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He lived and in worked in Egypt from 1995 to 1998.

ICFRC is a community partner of University of Iowa International Programs.
For more information, visit or contact Sarolta Graves at 319-335-0351 or

For a high-resolution of Katulis, see


Electronic Music Studios features new music from South Korea Feb. 27

The Electronic Music Studios (EMS) of the University of Iowa School of Music will combine new music for flute and tape and electronic music from the ChuGye University for the Arts in South Korea with UI student compositions in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in Room 101 of the Becker Communications Building.

Flutist Rebecca Ashe will perform works for flute with mixed media by Lawrence Fritts, director of the EMS; UI students Zach Zubow and Jason Gregory; and Mike McFerron, a composition faculty member at Lewis University.

The concert will also feature ChuGye fixed-media contributions by Hyun-Suk Jun, YongRib Kim and SeoungHyak Lim, and a new UI fixed-media work by student Matt Smart.

Ashe has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Community Music and Dance Academy and has performed recitals throughout the United States, Canada, England and Latvia. Her debut recording, "Vortex Street," is due out soon.


Proposals for 2012 Cmiel Semester on postmodern African-American culture due March 8

University of Iowa scholars are invited to apply for the Spring 2012 Cmiel Research Semester, “The Dis-Integration of Black America? Post-Civil Rights African-American Culture,” by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The interdisciplinary group will meet weekly at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies to strengthen individual projects by sharing ideas, resources and feedback on works-in-progress.

Convened by Tim Havens, professor of communication studies and African-American studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the group is open to faculty and professional/scientific staff with a terminal degree or equivalent record of scholarship. Organizers welcome proposals on any aspect of postmodern African-American culture, from politics or sports to demography or the arts.

Participants receive a one-course reduction and $500 for research expenses. They will be selected through competitive review, with the approval of department chairs and deans.

The Obermann Center provides space, time and support to faculty members when their research requires intense periods of concentration or collaboration. Scholars from a broad range of disciplines and institutions interact with one another and with the public to create and communicate new knowledge.

For more information on the Cmiel Semester, contact, call 319-335-4034, or visit


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