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Feb. 28, 2011

At A Glance

'Voices of Disability' writing contest deadline extended

The University of Iowa Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) has extended the deadline for its "Voices of Disability," writing contest to Sept. 16.

The CDA extended the deadline in an effort to involve more writers. Also, one of the three judges, Priscilla McKinley, passed away in December and the CDA is seeking a replacement for her spot. McKinley was a UI alumna and writing instructor and was named Blind Educator of the Year by the National Federation of the Blind in 2000. Contest awards will be presented in her honor during Disability Awareness month in October.

"Voices of Disability" encourages creative writing that explores and illuminates topics around the word "disability." All University of Iowa faculty, staff and students -- as well as residents of the Johnson County area and surrounding counties -- are encouraged to submit writings of 1,500 words or fewer. One entry per person; participants do not have to have a disability to enter.
One winner will be selected in four categories: adult prose, adult poetry, youth prose and youth poetry. Submissions can be submitted electronically to the CDA. For an entry form and guidelines, visit or contact Carly Armour at 319-335-1462 or


Pancake promotion will benefit UI Children's Hospital

Iowans can enjoy a free serving of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, and make a free will donation to benefit patients and families at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

IHOP restaurants across the nation will serve one free short stack of pancakes per customer in celebration of National Pancake Day.

Donations to IHOP's national charity partner, Children's Miracle Network, will help improve the lives of children at the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals nationwide. All funds raised at nine IHOP restaurants around the region will benefit UI Children's Hospital.

For more information or to find an IHOP near you, please visit the IHOP website at


UI visiting scholar to speak about Serbia's urban development March 2

Uros Radosavljevic, assistant professor at the University of Belgrade, will speak about urban development challenges in Serbia at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in Room 101, Biology Building East.

Radosavljevic is visiting the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa this semester through the Junior Faculty Development Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jerry Anthony, associate professor of urban and regional planning, is Radosavljevic’s advisor at the UI and is assisting him in learning new teaching methods to apply in Serbia. This semester, Radosavljevic has been observing a variety of graduate courses and graduate college faculty in the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Radosavljevic has experience and knowledge of urban planning, policy design and capacity building for Serbian municipalities, the UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) in Serbia, and European Union-funded projects on mobility.

For more information, contact Anthony at 319-335-0622 or at


'WALL•E' to be screened at UI Museum of Natural History March 6

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History “Movies@MNH” program continues with the screening of “WALL•E” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Macbride Hall Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Produced by Pixar Animation studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2008, the animated film is set in the distant future, where WALL•E, a small waste-collecting robot, inadvertently stumbles onto a secret that could save planet Earth. When a highly advanced search robot, EVE, makes friends with him and realizes the value of his discovery, she races back to let the humans know that there's hope for their home planet after all. After centuries alone in space, WALL•E can't stand the thought of losing the only friend he's ever known, so he eagerly follows her into the deepest reaches of space on the adventure of a lifetime.

“Movies@MNH” will continue in April with the “Earth Month Series” beginning April 3 with the screening of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” For full program information or more information on the Museum of Natural History, call 319-335-0606 or visit the website at


Baraza series begins with talk on African soccer players March 7

The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will begin at noon Monday, March 7, with a lecture titled “Following the Ball: African Soccer Players, Labor Strategies and Immigration across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1945-75,” presented by Todd Cleveland. The talk will take place in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

This talk will explore how African soccer players, such as the legendary Eusébio, immigrated to Portugal from the Portuguese empire’s politically oppressed African territories during the colonial period. These players strategically parlayed their ability to travel to Portugal to secure their future in the country beyond the end of their playing days.

Cleveland is an assistant professor of history at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The series brings a combination of UI and external scholars, graduate students, faculty and practitioners in various fields to the university for lectures on interdisciplinary research in African studies.

International Programs and the African Studies Program are sponsoring the series.

To view the entire series schedule, visit For more information, contact Leo Eko at leo-eko@uiowa.eduor or 319-353-1926.


University and Concert Bands from UI School of Music share concert

The University and Concert Bands of the University of Iowa School of Music will share a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The University Band, under the direction of graduate student Richard Chapman, will perform "Triumphant Fanfare" by Richard Saucedo; "The Star-Spangled Banner"; the "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppe, featuring graduate student Marc Decker as guest conductor; "Face of Honor" by Robert Rumbelow; Chorale and Shaker Dance II by John Zdechlik and "His Honor" by Henry Filmore.

Kevin Kastens, director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, will conduct the Concert Band, with the assistance of graduate student Carter Biggers. The band will play "Festivo" by Edward Gregson, Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Aldridge Grainger, Colonial Airs and Dances by Robert Jager, "Fiesta! by Philip Sparke and "Clowns" by Philip Parker.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the band department of the School of Music, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert at least once each semester.

Read Kastens' biography at


'Paul's Book Club' makes its debut on the Writing University March 8

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will help launch a new tradition in the City of Literature with a live stream of the first edition of "Paul's Book Club" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

The stream will originate in a free event at Prairie Lights Books, featuring Paul Ingram, the store's famed book buyer, moderating a discussion of "Dog of the South" by "True Grit" author Charles Portis. The audio will then be added to the Virtual Writing University archive.

In 2007 Ingram was a winner of the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, created and funded by bestselling author James Patterson to recognize individuals, companies, schools and other institutions that find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books. A 2008 story in Publisher's Weekly suggested that if the world were a just place, a constant spotlight from heaven would illuminate him.

View Ingram's announcement of the new discussion series at


Iowa Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments at College of Law March 8-9

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments for 26 cases when it convenes at the University Of Iowa College of Law on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9 in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building.

The arguments are open to the public. Parking is available in lot 14 and the Field House ramp.

Oral arguments are ordinarily heard in the Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines. Scheduling the oral arguments in different locations around the state is an opportunity for the public to view the court at work. The visit at the College of Law in particular, where judges will speak to classes and meet with students, is intended to familiarize law students with the appellate process and the judicial branch of government.

For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals, visit the judicial branch website at For a schedule of the cases to be argued, visit


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