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Jan. 12, 2011

At A Glance

Documentary screening looks at one woman's struggle for peace Jan. 19

A screening of "Pushing the Elephant" will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This documentary focuses on the story of Rose Mapendo, who was separated from her young daughter due to ethnic conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film portrays Rose's efforts to bring peace to her home country, her reunification with her daughter, and their struggles to deal with a painful past.

The film screening is free and open to the public. There will also be a panel discussion and community conversation following the film showing.

The film is presented by the UI College of Public Health and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in honor of the UI 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights. Learn more at:


Recreational Services hosts Moonlight Ski and S’mores Jan. 21

University of Iowa Recreational Services will be offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing 8-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 on the moonlit trails of Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA).

After being out the trails, skiers/snowshoers can gather at a campfire for s’mores and hot drinks. This free event is open to the public, just show up and ski. Equipment rentals are available through the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City.

This event could be cancelled due to inclement weather or lack of snow. Check for event status. For more information visit The MNRA is located between Solon and North Liberty on County Road F28- see for directions.


Cancelled: Poet Wheeler reads at UI Jan. 26

Poet Susan Wheeler, a former faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the UI campus.

Wheeler's latest book is "Assorted Poems," published last spring. She won the Iowa Poetry Prize for "Ledger," and she is also the author of "Bag o' Diamonds," "Smokes," "Source Codes" and the novel "Record Palace."

Her work has appeared in several editions of the "Best of American Poetry" series, as well as in many literary journals. A former Guggenheim fellow, she has also been honored with the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Witter Bynner Prize, the Grolier Award and the Roberts Foundation Prize.

Read one of her poems published recently in The New Yorker at


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