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Jan. 21, 2011

At A Glance

UI Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program announces spring courses

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program has released its spring schedule of courses for adult learners age 50 and older. The program offers sessions on a wide variety of topics. Courses with current openings include Basic Stringing, Militainment, Lunch with Medical Students, Creating Special Moments with Grandchildren, Why Are Legislatures So Unpopular?, Write Your Life, Genealogy, Introductory Spanish, The State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa, Wine Tasting and Literature of the Prairie.

Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI-LEAP), formerly known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa, is a program of the UI Center on Aging. UI-LEAP courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


UI community can explore volunteer opportunities Jan. 26

Over 60 local community-based organizations will be represented when the University of Iowa hosts a volunteer fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.   

Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the fair, where local nonprofit volunteer managers will share information and sign up volunteers. Several civic and government organizations will be represented, as well as cultural and historical groups, educational and child care organizations, animal rescue and adoption organizations, and health and human services agencies. An alternative spring break “mini-fair” will also be offered.

David Baumgartner, assistant provost for enrollment management, said the fair gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to engage with community organizations. Students learn about engaging with and serving the community and beyond, through alternative spring breaks and volunteering, and explore career through non-profits. Faculty can collaborate with organizations and gain ideas for future service learning and engaged scholarship.

The fair is co-sponsored by the UI Community-Based Learning Program, the Office of Student Life, Students Today Leaders Forever, UI Student Government and the 10,000 Hours Show. The Office of the Provost will provide free refreshments.

For more information, call 319-335-7589 or visit


Counterculture of the 60s and 70s explored on 'WorldCanvass' Jan. 28

The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the 60s and 70s. This free program will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the 60s and 70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theatre, art and pop culture in decades to come.

Guests include UI Museum of Art curator Kathleen Edwards, who will introduce the museum's upcoming Lil Picard exhibit; UI professors Jon Winet, Art Borreca and Lisa Heineman, all from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and more. For a complete list of guests and topics, visit

"WorldCanvass" is recorded in front of a live audience for later broadcast on UITV, KRUI-FM and Iowa Public Radio. Live streaming will be available at

“WorldCanvass” is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI and Information Technology Services. For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at 319-335-2026 or


Public invited to College of Education’s MLK Research Symposium Jan. 28
Thirteen University of Iowa graduate students will showcase their research on diversity issues through poster presentations as part of the UI College of Education’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in Room N300 (Jones Commons) in the UI Lindquist Center. It is free and open to the public.
Georgina Dodge, UI chief diversity officer and associate vice president, will give a keynote address at approximately 12:20 p.m.
The posters will highlight issues of diversity including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class differences and special populations in education. Posters will be displayed to a panel of judges a day earlier, and that morning, to be evaluated. The top posters will receive awards at the symposium.
Examples of specific posters include “Using History to Inform Contemporary Issues of Racial Diversity in Iowa’s K-12 Schools,” “Increasing Acceptance of Diversity: Using the Kids on the Block Puppet Shows with Kindergarten Students,” and “Young, Gifted, and Black: How to Support Our African American Males in Gifted Education” just to name a few.
For more information, contact Sharon Lee at  or 319-335-6111.


UI Gallery series present Artigue's 'Salvage' Feb. 3-6

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Salvage: A Recovery in Three Acts," written and directed by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Kevin Artigue, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 5, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

When a failed violinist-turned-teacher smashes her husband's head with a toaster, she is launched into an odyssey that takes her from the Mojave Desert to a new life of birds, home finance and berry farming in Iowa.

Artigue attended the University of California-San Diego, and interned at South Coast Rep and the literary department of the Public Theatre. Before coming to the UI, he was a teaching artist with the La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Rep, and was active in the Los Angeles experimental theater scene.

His full-length plays include "People Like You," "Good and Mourned," "In the Starry Nights" and "Lost Sharks."

Admission is $5 -- free for UI students -- and tickets are available one hour before showtime at the door. This production includes adult material; potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for more information.


Pianist Shafer will present UI School of Music guest recital Feb. 7

Pianist Timothy Shafer, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Shafer will perform the "Italie" suite from "Annees de pelerinage" (Years of Pilgimage), a virtuosic masterwork composed 1837-49 by Franz Liszt. The 200th anniversary of the celebrated Hungarian composer's birth is being celebrated throughout 2011.

A faculty member at Penn State University, Shafer appeared in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1995 as member of Duo Concertant and returned in 1997 for his solo debut. In addition to maintaining an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, he has performed, taught and adjudicated in South America and Asia.

Shafer is the co-author of "Class Piano for Adult Beginners," and his articles on piano teaching have appeared in the Piano Pedagogy Forum and the American Music Teacher.

Learn more about Shafer at


UI to host Mini Medical School program Feb. 8 in Davenport

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Adler Health Education Center, located at Genesis Medical Center East, 1236 E. Rusholme St., in Davenport.

Check-in will be from 6 to 7 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Genesis staff members will lead pre-program activities that include an intubation station using a GlideScope, a shoulder dystocia birthing model, automatic external defibrillator (AED) and CPR demonstrations, and joint injections.

The Mini Medical School program will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Darren Hoffmann, Ph.D., a faculty member in the UI Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, will present "Dissecting Your Health in a Virtual Anatomy Laboratory Experience."

Roger Gingrich, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and a physician with Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, will discuss "Breakthroughs in Cancer Research."

Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll-free 877-MED-IOWA. Online registration is available at


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