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May 5, 2011

At A Glance

Ten UI students receive funds for summer 2011 human rights internships

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) has awarded UI 10 students a total of $21,000 on behalf of the annual Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program.
Thomas Bang, Hasti Barahmand, Kayla Casey, Louisa Hill, Walter Hyde, Dwijavanthi Kumar, Rachel Nathanson, Luke Smith, Hussein Waliye and Eric Wilson all received funding.

Program funds cover travel and living expenses for students who have secured a summer 2011 internship for a local, national or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research or education.

This internship program, established in 2005, honors the late director of the UICHR, Kenneth J. Cmiel. He was a faculty member in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an internationally renowned scholar of the history of human rights.
The Cmiel Internships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students and are made possible by a donation from the Stanley family, the gifts of other private donors, the UI Office of the Provost and UI International Programs.

For more information about these students and the internship program, visit or contact Liz Crooks, UICHR secretary, at 319-335-3900 or

'Paul's Book Club' will be streamed live on the Writing University May 11

The University of Iowa's Writing University website -- -- will provide a live stream of the next edition of "Paul's Book Club," featuring Paul Ingram and his Prairie Lights audience discussing "Go With Me" by Castle Freeman Jr., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.

In this novel set in rural Vermont, the local villain is making life hellish for a young woman from parts elsewhere. Her boyfriend has fled the state in fear, and local law enforcement can do nothing to protect her. She resolves, however, to stand her ground and fight back.

In 2007 Ingram was a winner of the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, created and funded by bestselling author James Patterson to recognize individuals, companies, schools and other institutions that find original and effective ways to promote the excitement of books. A 2008 story in Publisher's Weekly suggested that if the world were a just place, a constant spotlight from heaven would illuminate him.


'Hemingway's Second War' is released by UI Press May 15

"Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War" by Alex Vernon will become available May 15, from the University of Iowa Press.

In 1937 and 1938, Ernest Hemingway made four trips to Spain to cover its civil war for the North American News Alliance wire service and to help create the pro-Republican documentary film "The Spanish Earth." "Hemingway's Second War" is the first book-length scholarly work devoted to this subject.

Drawing on primary sources, Vernon -- an English faculty member at Hendrix College and the author of "Soldiers Once and Still" from the UI Press -- provides a thorough account of Hemingway's involvement in the Spanish Civil War. That messy, complicated, brutal precursor to World War II inspired Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and the book provides readings from the novel both in historical context and on its own terms.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at


Leonard railroad collection is subject of Old Capitol Museum lecture May 17

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will salute two local historians with a lecture about an extensive UI railroad collection at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. UI Libraries doctoral candidate Colleen Kelley will deliver the free, public lecture in the Old Capitol's Senate Chamber.

The lecture is part of the monthlong celebration of Irving Weber Days, organized by the Johnson County Historical Society to honor Iowa City's beloved historian, who died in 1997. Kelley will focus on railroad photographs, correspondence and documents collected by another local historian and long-time railroad employee, Levi Leonard. His collection is now housed at the UI Libraries and Special Collections. Leonard was a longtime employee of the Union Pacific, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroads and historian for the Union Pacific. 

Kelley is the UI Libraries Robert A. and Ruth Bywater Olson Fellow, focusing her dissertation research on 19th century American policies toward Native Americans.

The Old Capitol Museum will continue its involvement in Irving Weber Days later this month with another free public lecture, "Old Capitol: Past, Present and Future," a discussion with Shalla Ashworth, director of operations at the Old Capitol Museum, at 6:30 p.m. May 25. More information at


UI offers Learn to Row camps to high school, junior high students in June

This summer, University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting camps for high school and junior high students interested in learning more about rowing.

In the Learn to Row camps, participants learn rowing technique, boat handling, rowing vocabulary, safety and teamwork. Indoor rowing machines (ergs), a state-of-the-art rowing tank and racing shells (high school only) are used.

The high school Learn to Row Camp (incoming 9th graders included) is offered Monday-Thursday, June 13-16 and June 27-30, from 9 a.m. to noon. The junior high camp (incoming 7th graders included, age 12 and up) is offered Monday-Thursday, June 13-16 and June 27-30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The June 13-16 camp registration is due Wednesday, June 8, and the June 27-30 camp deadline is due Thursday, June 23. Registration fee for the high school camp is $75, and registration for the junior high camp is $50. Camps are held at the P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse in Terrell Mill Park at 1209 N. Dubuque St.

For more information, visit, email LlynnAnn Luellen at or call 319-384-1292.


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