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Jan. 31, 2011

At A Glance

Reich lecture cancelled

A lecture by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union, has been cancelled.

There is not an alternate date for the lecture at this time. See for more information and a schedule of upcoming speakers presented by the University Lecture Committee.


Ira SenGupta to present talk on culture and patient care tonight

Ira SenGupta, executive director of Cross Cultural Health Care Program, will present “From Cultural Bump to Cultural Congruence: The Role of Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Patient Care” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at the Zopf Auditorium, Room 100B, in the University of Iowa Pharmacy Building.

This event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Nursing, the College of Nursing Diversity Committee, the College of Pharmacy, UI Chief Diversity Office, Women in Science and Engineering, School of Social Work, Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics Joint Office for Compliance, and UI Hospitals and Clinics Nursing Administration.

For more information about the SenGupta visit, contact Valerie Garr, diversity coordinator in the College of Nursing, at 319-335-6548 or


Team offers tutoring, academic success workshops

The University of Iowa has a new Study, Workshops and Tutoring (SWAT) Team to help undergraduate students in key introductory courses.

The program offers free, drop-in, group tutoring for six different courses this semester, as well as general academic success workshops. The Pomerantz Career Center hosts the tutoring sessions in Room C310 from 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings.
Tutoring is available for elementary psychology, introduction to American politics, introduction to environmental science, introductory animal biology, principles of macroeconomics, and principles of microeconomics. Students who performed well in previous classes will serve as tutors.

Workshop start Tuesday, Feb. 1 and continue on a weekly basis, offered in room C230 Pomerantz Center. Topics include time management and organization skills, test-taking skills, overcoming procrastination, stress management and strategies to enhance memory. See for a full workshop schedule and descriptions.

Organized by the University College, Academic Advising Center, Pomerantz Career Center and the University Counseling Service, SWAT is part of a UI effort help retain students who may need assistance in completing key introductory courses in order to succeed and excel in their intended majors.

For more information, contact Kate Sojka at 319-335-1733.


O'Connor reads from 'Ghost Light' Feb. 14 on Writing University

Joseph O'Connor will read from "Ghost Light," his new novel, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, on the University of Iowa's Writing University website, The stream will originate in a free public event in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

"Ghost Light" is based loosely on the relationship between Irish playwright John Synge ("Playboy of the Western World") and actress Molly Allgood, told through her reminiscences as an old woman in post-World War II London.

Dubliner O'Connor is the author of six novel, including "Cowboys and Indians," which was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize, and the international bestseller "Star of the Sea," which won awards including the Irish Post Award for Literature and the Prix Madeleine Zepter Novel of the Year award.

He also wrote the scripts for the films "Stone of the Heart" which won the Cork Film Festival Prize, and "The Long Way Home," as well as the plays including "Red Roses and Petrol," which won the Dublin Award for Best New Irish Play.

He was recently voted Irish Writer of the Decade by the readers of Hot Press magazine. Learn more at


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