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March 16, 2011

At A Glance

UI hosts American Mathematical Society Central Meeting March 18-20

The University of Iowa Department of Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will host the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Central Meeting March 18-20 at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Some 450 mathematicians from U.S. and international institutions are expected to attend. Highlighted events will include four invited addresses, 20 special sessions, a graduate student poster session, and a Saturday evening reception at the IMU.

The meeting is sponsored by the AMS, the Office of the UI Vice President for Research, CLAS, and the Department of Mathematics.

For more information about the conference, see or contact conference organizing committee co-chair Yi Li at or committee member Weimin Han at


Visiting printmaker Adriane Herman lectures at the UI March 22

Printmaker Adriane Herman, a visitor to the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Herman investigates consumption through appropriated imagery and media ranging from archival to edible. "Checking It Twice," her solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, monumentalized evidence of human intentions including grocery and other "to do" lists.

Her recent group exhibitions include the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York, the Dalarnas Museum in Sweden, the Portland Museum of Art, the International Print Center in New York, Whitney Artworks in Portland and chosen barren land in Taiwan.

Herman's independent efforts to normalize consumption of fine art dovetail with collaborative efforts including Slop Art and projects undertaken with her students at Maine College of Art -- "Long Overdue: Book Renewal" yielded 175 artworks temporarily collectible through Portland Public Library.


Katie Crouch and Deb Olin Unferth read at Prairie Lights March 29

Writers Katie Crouch and Deb Olin Unferth will read from their latest works at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be streamed live on and then added to the University of Iowa Virtual Writing University archive.

Unferth's memoir "Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War" recounts her adventures with her naive and idealistic boyfriend, with whom she traveled to Central America to join "the revolution." They survived interrogations, machine-gun toting soldiers, fearsome bugs and illness, but their relationship did not.

Unferth is the author of the story collection "Minor Robberies" and the novel "Vacation," winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics' Choice. Her work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, the Believer and the Boston Review, and she has received two Pushcart Prizes and a Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature.

Crouch will read from her new novel, "Men and Dogs," which follows her acclaimed debut, "Girls and Trucks." Her writing has also appeared in The New York Observer, Tin House, Glamour and McSweeney's, and her young adult novel "Magnolia League" will be released later this spring.


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