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Feb. 21, 2011

At A Glance

Visiting sculptor Al-Hadid lectures at UI Feb. 28

Sculptor Diana Al-Hadid, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. in Room 101 of Biology Building East on the UI campus.

Al-Hadid constructs large, architectural sculptures from media including polystyrene, plaster, fiberglass, wood and wax. These materials combine to give the works the sense of extreme fragility and immediacy, contrasting with their monumental scale and sturdy construction.

The physicality of her work helps to articulate her concern with the inevitable crumbling of ambitious human constructions. The Tower of Babel, medieval cathedrals such as Chartres, and Cretan labyrinths are among the many references she uses to illustrate her all at once grandly historical and deeply personal themes.

Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria, but now lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received a bachelor's degree in art history, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Kent State University in Ohio and a Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.

View examples of her work at


Artist Ashley Hunt performs 'Notes on the Emptying of a City' March 3

Ashley Hunt, co-director of the Cal Arts photography and media program, will perform "Notes on the Emptying of a City" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Public Space One in downtown Iowa City. He will also present a free talk at noon that day in 1703 Studio Arts.

In this performance a narrator pieces together the sounds, images and stories of a documentary before a live audience. What looks like a traditional slide lecture turns into storytelling, recounting the experiences of an artist working with a group of social justice activists in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Hunt leads viewers through difficult questions of race, visibility and speech, the writing of history and how the total political crisis of Katrina continues to speak to the state of our political lives.

Hunt's works include the ongoing “Corrections Documentary Project” <>, “A World Map: In Which We See…” <>, and “9 Scripts From a Nation at War” <>.

His recent exhibitions include the Third Bucharest Biennial, Documenta 13 and many other venues.

The free events are sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry.


UI Chamber Orchestra performs Mendelssohn, Britten, Bach and Mozart

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten, J.S. Bach and W. A. Mozart at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies for the UI School of Music, and graduate students Kira Horel, Curran Prendergast and Yuichi Ura will conduct performances of the "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture by Mendelssohn; Britten's Simple Symphony; the Ricercare from Bach's "Musikaliches Opfer," arranged by Anton Webern; and Mozart's Symphony No 35 ("Haffner").

Mendelssohn was only 17 years old when he wrote his popular concert overture in response to Shakespeare's script; the work was not associated with any production of the play. Late in his short life he wrote incidental music for a production of the same play.

The combination of the Baroque's Bach and the serialist Webern might seem strange, but in fact the Austrian disciple of Schoenberg also did arrangements and orchestrations of pre-20th-century compositions by Schubert, Johann Strauss and Franz Liszt.

The "Haffner" Symphony received it's name from the prominent Salzburg family who commissioned Mozart to write music for Sigmund Haffner's elevation to nobility.

Read Jones' bio at


Wilderness First Responder classes offered

Registration is now underway for two Wilderness First Responder classes offered by University of Iowa Recreational Services at the Macbride Nature and Recreation Area.

The Wilderness First Responder course May 18-27, taught by the Wilderness Medical Institute, trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. It is essential for those who spend significant time in remote places or those who have limited access to healthcare. Cost is $600 if registered by March 11, and $650 if registered by the May 17 registration deadline.

Wilderness First Responder recertification May 14-16 is a fast-paced version of the initial course for those who need to refresh their skills and renew their certification. Cost is $250 if registered by March 11, and $275 if registered by the May 13 registration deadline. Classes tend to fill quickly.

For more information, visit under Special Events, or contact Dave Patton at or 319-384-1223. Classes tend to fill quickly See also the Wilderness Medical Institute website at for class descriptions.


Deadline for CHEEC seed grant research proposals is April 4

Faculty, staff and students of public or private colleges or universities in Iowa, and researchers and educators affiliated with Iowa state agencies may apply for seed grants from the University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination. The application deadline is April 4.

Funding emphasis is on original pilot studies leading to innovative lines of environmental and public health research. The program seeks to fulfill the education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by involving students in research activities.

Up to $90,000 total is available for research projects for the current grant cycle, with maximum individual awards of $30,000. The awards cover one year.

For more information visit or contact Peter Weyer at 319-335-4014 or


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