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June 13, 2011

At A Glance

Hazel Pegues to step down as executive director of Diversity Focus

The Board of Directors of Diversity Focus announces the resignation of Hazel Pegues as the organization's second executive director, effective July 31. Pegues has served in that role since 2008.

Board president Marcella David, a University of Iowa law professor, praised Pegues for her leadership in her years of service, crediting her with launching creative programming that has enhanced the awareness of diversity as a vital issue for the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor.

Diversity Focus is a nonprofit organization created in 2005 to spearhead efforts to promote and enhance diversity in the corridor. Community businesses, educational institutions and community organizations support Diversity Focus.

Highlights of Pegues' tenure include leading Diversity Focus during her first days on the job, which coincided with the floods of 2008. She also launched new programming efforts, including a successful speaker series, which invited speakers to the corridor for presentations that encourage participants to shift the way they think about what it means to create an inclusive environment.

A national search is planned for a new executive director, to be launched later in the summer. An interim executive director will be appointed, and all programming will continue as planned. For more information, visit


Bijou presents film documenting David Lynch's travels through India

The Bijou Cinema at the University of Iowa is presenting a free preview screening of a film "David Lynch Following His Master's Footsteps…Throughout India" at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

The film by Richard Beymer is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at director David Lynch making a film in India. Lynch and a film crew retraced Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's travels across India in the years before Maharishi inaugurated his Spiritual Regeneration Movement in December 1957.

Beymer was a regular on the cult classic TV series "Twin Peaks," which was created by Lynch. Beymer has made several documentary films, including "The Passing of a Saint" which documented the final rites of Maharishi.

Beymer and producer Rob Wilson will give a short introduction to the film and stay for a question and answer session after the showing. This is a preview screening and the audience is encouraged to provide feedback for further film development.

Visit for more information about the Bijou Cinema, including the full summer schedule. The Bijou is located in the Iowa Memorial Union.


'Movies@MNH' series features 'Planet Earth: Jungles'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's "Movies@MNH" series continues free public showings of episodes from the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" series. The episode "Jungles" will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in Macbride Auditorium.

Upcoming episodes, also to be shown at 1:30 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, are "Shallow Seas on July 10, "Seasonal Forests" on July 31, "Ocean Deep" on Aug. 7.

The UI Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606 or visit


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