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Feb. 17, 2011

At A Glance

2011 UI Summer Writing Festival registration opens

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa is now accepting registrations for its 2011 sessions -- the program's silver anniversary.

Weeklong and weekend workshops including fiction, poetry, nonfiction and playwriting will run from June 12 through July 29. Visit for a full list of sessions and biographic sketches of the faculty.

A brochure is available by mail, or register at Registrants may sign up for only one workshop per session, but they may register for as many sessions as they wish. Payment is required at the time of registration.

The festival, based in the only UNESCO City of Literature in the U.S., is designed to benefit writers at all levels of experience and achievement. In small groups, adult writers of all ages from throughout the country share, read and discuss their work under the leadership of accomplished writer/educators.

Many of the workshop leaders are graduates of UI writing programs and include faculty members at other prominent institutions of higher learning.

Classes remain available until filled, but early registration is recommended. The cost is $560 per week, and $280 per weekend.

For additional information contact 319-335-4160 or


Law school symposium looks at the future of legal education

A story in the New York Times recently asked if law school was a “losing game.” Given the shaky economy and an even more troubled job outlook in the legal profession, are student loans no longer a value?

The University of Iowa College of Law will examine that question during a two-day symposium examining the future of law schools. “The Future of Legal Education” will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26 at the Boyd Law Building at the UI.

Admission and registration information is available online at

Participants will include scholars and law deans, as well as practitioners and judges, who will discuss what sorts of changes they would like to see in law school curriculum and methods. Speakers include such prominent law school deans as Erwin Chemerinsky of University of California-Irvine, who recently built the law school from scratch, and Kent D. Syverud of Washington University in St. Louis.

Discussion topics include the economic viability of a law degree, recreating the ideal law school, the perspective from the bench of law schools, and whether law schools or employers are more responsible for preparing lawyers.


'Extinction!' to be screened at UI Museum of Natural History Feb. 27

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History’s “Movies@MNH Evolution Series” will conclude with the screening of “Extinction!” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Extinction!” is a one hour segment of the Public Broadcasting System “Evolution Project,” which traveled the world in an attempt to examine evolutionary science and the profound effect is has had on society and culture. “Extinction” explores the five mass extinctions that have occurred since life began on Earth, posing the question “What does evolutionary theory predict for the world we will leave to our descendants?”

This showing concludes the museum's evolution series. However, Movies@MNH will continue with the screening of “Wall-E” on March 6. For full program information or more information on the Museum of Natural History, call 319-335-0606 or visit


UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Hale reads on Writing University Feb. 28

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumnus Benjamin Hale will read from his acclaimed debut novel, "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore," at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the Prairie Lights Books. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI's Writing University website,

Hale's unlikely narrator is Bruno, an ambitious chimpanzee in love with both language and primatologist Lydia Littlemore, through whom the author explores both the good and bad of what it means to be human.

A Provost's Fellowship at the UI helped enable Hale to complete the novel, which also won a Michener-Copernicus Award.

Learn more at Visit his blog at


Runners to get 'Nearly Naked' for charity run March 5

The University of Iowa Alumni Association's S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) Ambassadors, will host the Nearly Naked Mile 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 starting at Hubbard Park. At this third annual charity event, runners donate clothing to the Salvation Army before hitting the streets of Iowa City.

S.T.A.T. advisor Leslie Prideaux said being nearly naked is optional, but runners must donate at least one piece of clothing to participate in the race. Last year, 350 runners donated more than 2,000 pounds of clothing.

If being nearly naked is not your bag, you can wear a costume in the spirit of the fun race. Contests will be held for the best male/female costume, most clothing donated, most school spirit and most enthusiasm.

Check-in begins at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Park. The race route follows Madison, Burlington, Riverside and Iowa streets. Organizers will monitor the levels of appropriateness of the runners' garb. Beverages and snacks will be available after the run.

Registration is now open at Registrations will also be accepted the day of the race. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cline, or Sammantha Marks, For registration questions, contact Prideaux at or 319-335-3854.


UI to host Mini Medical School program March 8 in Dubuque

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on Tuesday, March 8, at the Grand River Center, located at 500 Bell St., in Dubuque.

Check-in and reception with light refreshments will be from 6 to 7 p.m. The Mini Medical School program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Jeff Murray, M.D., professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics, will discuss "Breakthroughs in Genetics."

Darren Hoffmann, Ph.D., faculty member in the UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will present "Dissecting Your Health in a Virtual Anatomy Laboratory Experience."

Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll free 877-MED-IOWA. Online registration is available at


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