March 31, 2011
At A Glance
UI Health Care - River Crossing Pharmacy joins medication disposal program
The "TakeAway" program allows patients to turn in unused medications, both prescription and over-the-counter‚ so they may be disposed of properly. Most private disposal methods compromise the integrity of a community's water supply, while leaving unused medication in the home creates a higher risk for abuse or misuse.
The "TakeAway" pharmacies collect the unused medications in a specially designed waste bin and ship them to a medication disposal facility.
The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is also participating in the program.
For details on how to properly dispose of unused medication using the "TakeAway" program, visit the program's website at http://www.iarx.org/takeaway/.
Writing University provides live stream of April 1 Mission Creek reading
The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- http://www.writinguniversity.org -- will carry a live stream of a Mission Creek Festival reading at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, originating in a free event at Prairie Lights Books.
UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Ted Thompson will be joined by two other young literary talents, Tao Lin and Lindsay Hunter.
New Yorker Tao Lin, founder of the Muumuu House literary press and MDMAfilms, is one of the most controversial figures in contemporary American Literature. He's published one collection of poems and five works of fiction. His most recent publication is the novel "Richard Yates."
Chicago "fast fiction" writer and founder of the Quickies Reading Series, Hunter has turned heads with her debut collection of southern gothics, "Daddy's," which draws vivid portraits of bad people in worse places.
Thompson will read from a novel due out in early 2012. Before coming to the UI he was one of three founding directors of 826NYC, a free writing and tutoring center for children in New York. He is also the editor of "Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things…," a collection of new stories for kids by contemporary authors.
Symposium to explore ethnicities and sport April 1-3
"Performing Ethnicities through Sport" is the topic of an April 1-3 symposium at the University of Iowa. The free, public events are presented by the Department of American Studies and the Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The symposium is titled "Water Sustainability" and will feature a panel of experts from the UI Water Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board including: Randy Beavers, chief executive officer and general manager, Des
Moines Water Works; Joel Lipsitch, director of external affairs, John
Kim Marra, UI professor of theatre and American Studies, will perform "Horseback Views" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in Theatre B at the UI Theatre Building. "Girlfight," a 2000 drama starring Michelle Rodriguez, about a troubled teen who channels her aggression by boxing, will be screened from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building.
For a full conference schedule including times and locations for the keynotes, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~cesa. For more information, call 319-384-3490.
Visiting artist Roussel-Giraudy will speak April 5
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History will present a free lecture by Parisian mixed-media artist Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy, a guest in dimensional practice, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Room 101 of Biology Building East.
Her artwork combines drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book art and photography to explore the interconnected value of identity and memory.
Her multi-media approach to art reflects the unique way she experienced the world growing up in an old farmhouse in the French countryside. The values of preservation, attachment to roots, and relationship with land and time, emphasized in her childhood, continue to inspire her work.
She studied at New York University, ESAG Penninghen in Paris and the Universität Für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, and exhibitions in Paris and New York have featured her work
To learn more and view some of her work, visit http://www.mathilderousselgiraudy.com.
Early art forms into the 21st century discussed at UI forum April 7
Engineering symposium on technology and society to be held April 7
Water will be the subject of the 2011 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Robert A. Lee Community Center social hall, corner of Gilbert and Burlington streets in Iowa City.
LNACC to hold 40th anniversary celebration April 8-10
Visiting workshop faculty members Kenney and Huneven read April 11
Poet Richard Kenney and fiction writer Michelle Huneven, visiting faculty members in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop will read from their work in a free event at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House.
Huneven's work includes the novels "Blame," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Round Rock," a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award; and "Jamesland.," another Notable Book and LA Times finalist.
She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop whose "day job" for many years was writing restaurant reviews for a variety of publications. She is on the writing faculty at UCLA.
Kenney, who teaches at the University of Washington, is the author of "Orrery," "The Invention of the Zero," "The One-Strand River: Poems 1994-2007" and "The Evolution of the Flightless Bird" from the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
His work has been published in venues including The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly and the American Scholar, and he has won a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lavan Younger Poet Award, a MacArthur "genius grant" and a Lannan Literary Award.
Sackter Day to focus on disabilities advocacy at UI April 13
Wild Bill's Coffee Shop, in the University of Iowa's North Hall, will welcome disability advocacy speakers as it celebrates the legacy of Bill Sackter Wednesday, April 13, which would have been Sackter's 98th birthday.
Sackter served coffee at Wild Bill's from 1975 to 1983. He was institutionalized for 44 years for scoring too low on an IQ test, but made his way to Iowa City with a friend. Today the shop is run by adults with disabilities as a service-learning project of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students involved with disabilities advocacy will speak at 5 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Liz Gorman of the UI College of Education's REACH: Realizing Educational and Career Hopes, a program for students with learning and cognitive disabilities. A 7 p.m. screening of "A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story" will be held in Room W10, Pappajohn Business Building.
UIMA's annual Levitt Lecture will trace artist's career transition from ceramics to works on paper
A University of Illinois professor of ceramics and drawing who draws inspiration for his work from Tom Waits lyrics will be the guest speaker at this year's Jeanne and Richard Levitt Lectureship: American Crafts in Context. Presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), Ron Kovatch's lecture will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and his master's degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Kovatch had a long career in ceramics before reinventing himself as an artist of works on paper. In his lecture, "He's Balancing a Diamond on a Blade of Grass," Kovatch will talk about this transition. Through an overview of his works, which have been shown in more than 15 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions, he will link the issues of creativity and its conceptual process to studio methods.
For more information on this and other events, please visit the UIMA's website, http://uima.uiowa.edu.
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