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Jan. 7, 2011

At A Glance

UI community invited to Jan. 13 informational meeting on India trip

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce invites University of Iowa staff, faculty and students to an informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 13, to learn about its unique trip to India. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 325 East Washington St., Iowa City.
Chamber staff will share details of the trip including tour itinerary and cost. Attendees will enjoy complimentary Indian cuisine. RSVP to or call 319-337-9637.
Participants will visit Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to explore historical sites, rich cultures and a kaleidoscope of landscapes as they learn global best practices and delve into the international business climate.
This nine-day trip from April 5-13 includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, airport transfers in India, hotel accommodations with private facilities, daily buffet breakfast, business networking opportunities, deluxe bus tours, entrance fees for tourist attractions and sightseeing, call center or factory tour in Delhi, elephant ride in Jaipur, fluent and knowledgeable English speaking tour manager and luggage handling for $2,190. The chamber has extended this member pricing to UI faculty, staff and students.
Visit to download a registration form.
For more information, contact Kelly McCann, 319-337-9637 or


Presentation to focus on UI-Oakdale Prison Partnership Program Jan. 13

A presentation by Mary Cohen, assistant professor of teaching and learning in the College of Education, on the UI-Oakdale Prison Partnership Program, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Iowa City Public Library in Meeting Room A. The event, “May You Walk in Beauty: Connecting Communities through Choral Singing at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center,” is part of the University of Iowa Graduate Institute for Public Engagement, sponsored by the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Graduate College.

Cohen is the founder and director of the Oakdale Community Choir. After her talk, she will be joined for a panel discussion with Mary Trachsel, founder and instructor of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Writers' Workshop and associate professor of rhetoric in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; music education graduate student Catherine Wilson; family members of incarcerated choir members; and a former prisoner choir member.

For more information contact Mary Cohen ( or Jennifer New of the Obermann Center (


New issue of Wapsipinicon Almanac is introduced on UI Writing University

The University of Iowa Writing University website -- -- will introduce the new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac in an event streamed live at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, from Prairie Light Books in downtown Iowa City.

Hosted by almanac editor and publisher Tim Fay, the reading will feature contributors Steve Maravetz, director of new media for UI Health Care; Dee Ann Rexroat, Paula Carter, Robyn Hepker, Elaine Mattingly and Glenn Freemann.

Fay, proprietor of the Route 3 Press in rural Anamosa, has edited and published the Wapsipinicon Almanac -- roughly annually -- using antique letterpress technology, since 1988. Each issue is a homey mix of fiction, reviews, essays, poetry, art and practical information, packaged in the format and feel of a folksy, old-time almanac.

Learn more at

The reading will be archived on the Writing University site.


Pianist Doppmann will represent UI guest recital Jan. 22

Pianist William Doppmann will present a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The public is also invited to observe his master class for School of Music students at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

Doppman's recital -- part of the bicentennial commemoration of the birth of Frederick Chopin -- will feature works by Chopin, Scarlatti and Scriabin.

Scarlatti's Sonata in D Major, K277, will be followed by Chopin's Preduce in C-Sharp minor, Op. 28, No. 10; Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1; Bacarolle, Op. 60; and Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35.

After intermission, Doppmann will perform Scarlatti's Sonata in A Major, K113, and Scriabin's Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9, No. 1; Two Etudes, Op. 42 and 65; and Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30.

A winner of the Naumburg, Michaels and Leventritt Competitions , Doppmann has concertized widely as recitalist and as soloist with major orchestras including the Chicago, Detroit and Tokyo Symphonies, and at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Hong Kong and the Kuhmo International Festival in Finland.


Deadline Jan. 28 to apply for Rape Victim Advocacy Program training
The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at the University of Iowa will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, Feb. 7 to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Training classes are limited to 10 volunteers, so those interested should apply by Jan. 28.
After successfully completing the training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.
Training covers all aspects of sexual assault, teaches counseling skills and includes role-plays designed to replicate typical calls received from victims and survivors. Volunteer advocates take calls from home, and scheduling is flexible.  
Those who are interested should contact Katryn Duarte at RVAP, or at 319-335-6001. For more information on the training or to learn about other volunteer opportunities, visit


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