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Feb. 25, 2011

At A Glance

Arts Share/Community Foundation event features Dancers in Company and guest

Arts Share and the Community Foundation of Johnson County are sponsoring a lecture and demonstration by the University of Iowa Dancers in Company. The free public event will be held Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in the Space/Place Theater in North Hall on the UI campus.

Special guest for the performance will be Madhavapeddi Murthy, whose program will include the fundamentals of classical Indian "Kuchipudi" dance.

UI Dance faculty and students this past year traveled to Chennai, India, where they participated in a three-week course about classical dance and music of South India. The sponsoring organization was the Siva Foundation of Chennai, which was founded by Murthy.

Arts Share continues UI's long tradition of sharing creative resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), School of Art and Art History and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Its goal is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa. For more information:

The Community Foundation of Johnson County has a simple mission: building an endowment for the greater community good. Persons interested in becoming a Friend of the Foundation can learn more at


'Arab Voices’ author Zogby to speak on WorldCanvass Studio March 6

WorldCanvass Studio, a mobile version of University of Iowa International Programs’ monthly radio and television program WorldCanvass, will feature James Zogby, author of “Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us and Why it Matters,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
After reading a selection from his book, Zogby will be joined by William Reisinger, UI political science professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Shams Ghoneim, coordinator of the Iowa Chapter of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; and Dan Olinghouse, a UI political science student who recently returned from studying in Egypt. Joan Kjaer will host the program.
In “Arab Voices,” Zogby challenges the myths, assumptions and biases that create impediments to clear communication and understanding between America and the Arab world. He is founder and president of the Arab American Institute.
WorldCanvass Studio sponsors are UI International Programs, the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) and Prairie Lights Books.  Partners for the WorldCanvass series are UITV, KRUI-FM, Pentacrest Museums and Information Technology Services.
For more information, visit or contact Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.


Fiction writer and environmental activist Rick Bass will read at the UI

Montana fiction writer and environmental activist Rick Bass, a guest of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.

Bass began writing short stories during lunch breaks as a petroleum geologist. He was a Story Prize finalist in 2006 for "The Lives of Rocks" and a 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for "Why I Came West."

His other recent books include numerous works of short fiction, novels, essays and memoirs. His most recent books are the novels "The Blue Horse," set in the high plains of Montana, and "Nashville Chrome"; and the naturalist memoir "The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana."

He also wrote the text for "David T. Hanson: Colstrip, Montana," which features a famous series of coal-mining photos by Hanson, who lives in Fairfield and has taught at Iowa State University.

Listen to a recent radio interview with Bass at


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