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Feb. 18, 2011

At A Glance

UI faculty participate in math and science day at State Capitol

Two University of Iowa faculty members –Ted Neal in the College of Education and Walter Seaman in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education – will participate in the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) Day at the State Capitol in Des Moines from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21.

The event will showcase the state’s best and brightest programs to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Thirty-two exhibitors will be on-hand portraying their respective roles in building a tech-savvy citizenry and competitive workforce.

The event will be held on the first floor rotunda of the Iowa State Capitol Building. Legislators and the general public are invited to visit with professionals representing higher education, K-12 education, informal education and business and industry to learn how they are shaping tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

Exhibitors will demonstrate outreach programs that touch all stages of math and science learning for students, educators and citizens. Neal, a UI clinical instructor of science education, will discuss the 4 + 1 program and Iowa Teach, and Seaman, an associate professor of mathematics, will share information about the EMPOWER grant.

For more information regarding IMSEP, visit


CORRECTED TIME: UIMA presents screening of Basquiat film Feb. 24

Note: the correct times for the screenings are 6 p.m. for the public and 7:45 p.m. for the private showing. There is no 9:30 p.m. screening.

In collaboration with the Bijou Theatre, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) presents a screening of "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," a film by Tamra Davis, on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Bijou Theatre.

There will be a public screening at 6 p.m. UIMA donors are invited to a private showing at 7:45 p.m.

As a graffiti artist in the crime-ridden streets of 1970s New York City, Jean-Michel Basquiat is often regarded as a black artist who battled racism from his peers but achieved critical success in the art-world in spite of it. During his rise to fame, Basquiat befriended Andy Warhol, with whom he collaborated for a short time before the latter’s death in 1987.

New York Times said the film “places Basquiat’s art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive." It shines light on who Basquiat was both as an artist and individual throughout his ascent to rock-star status, and features interviews with art-world luminaries such as Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, and Tony Shafrazi.

For more information, visit or call 319-335-1727.


Black military history author Robert V. Morris will speak at UI Feb. 24

Robert V. Morris, author of "Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today," will be in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 for a conversation and book signing.

Morris, a graduate of the University of Iowa, is grandson and son of two decorated army officers. He founded the Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and the World War II Iowa Tuskegee Airmen Memorial. He taught journalism at Iowa State University and wrote for the Iowa Bystander, the oldest black weekly newspaper west of the Mississippi River, published by his grandfather James B. Morris.

Morris' book commemorates African-Americans in the U.S. military and includes a profile of UI College of Engineering graduate Luther H. Smith, one of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen (see Black military heroes featured range from Crispus Attucks, the first man to die in the Revolutionary War to Gen. Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State.

The event, presented by the Afro American Culture Center and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, is free and open to the public. Books will be on sale from the IMU bookstore. For more information, call 319-335-3059.


Kuusisto and other Seneca Review contributors read March 1

University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program faculty member Stephen Kuusisto will be joined by other contributors to the Seneca Review to read from a special issue, "The Lyric Body," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Prairie Lights Books. Listen at

Other readers will be J. Harley McIlrath, Rebecca Epstein, Ralph James Savarese and Joshua Unikel, sampling an issue of poems and essays that explore the body's special paths to insight, including through autism, mental and physical illness, and physical impairments.

The issue includes contributions by Gregory Orr, Adrienne Rich, Joy Castro, Mark Doty, Ona Gritz, Barrie Jean Borich, Amitava Kumar and Floyd Skloot.

Seneca Review guest co-editor Kuusisto, who is also an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is the author of the poetry collection "Only Bread, Only Light" and the memoirs "Planet of the Blind" and "Eavesdropping."

In addition teaching creative nonfiction he serves as a public humanities scholar in the UI College of Medicine. He speaks widely on diversity, disability, education and public policy.

His essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Poetry and the Partisan Review.


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