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Nov. 7, 2011

At A Glance

Hancher, Parklawn Residence Hall kick-off holiday food drive

The University of Iowa's Hancher announced on Monday the kick-off to its "Hancher Holiday Food Drive." The event is in partnership with Parklawn Residence Hall and will run through Thursday, Nov. 17. To honor the seasonal spirit of Hancher's upcoming presentation of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, all collected food will be donated to the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, featuring Rockapella, will perform at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the Hancher Box Office.

The food drive, which began on Halloween, is a friendly competition between the floors of the residence hall to see who can accumulate the most food by Thanksgiving Break. Winning residents will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win free tickets to the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Others interested in contributing to the drive may contact Hancher at 319-335-3827.


UI College of Education hosts 'LGBT Issues in the Schools' panel Nov. 10

An "LGBT Issues in the Schools" panel discussion will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Shambaugh Auditorium in the University of Iowa Main Library on the UI campus. The UI College of Education Diversity Committee sponsors the panel.

The panel discussion, which is part of a class in the UI College of Education for future educators, is free and open to the public.

The official panel title is "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Students in K-12 Classrooms: What teachers need to know to create a welcoming and inclusive environment." High school and college students, parents and teachers will share their experiences and discuss creating safe, inclusive schools.

Will Coghill-Behrends, panel organizer and Teacher Leader Center coordinator, will facilitate the discussion. He said that the ability to make learning accessible to all children in a classroom is a skill teachers must possess when leaving the UI. He added that future teachers as well as current faculty and staff will benefit from hearing about the challenges faced in school by these individuals.

For more information, call Coghill-Behrends at 319-335-5353 or

For more information on the UI College of Education Diversity Committee, see


UI Press will release English after the Fall Nov. 10

English after the Fall: From Literature to Textuality by Robert Scholes will be available Nov. 10, from the University of Iowa Press. 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

Scholes, a Brown University faculty member and former president of the American Language Association, provides concrete solutions that will help restore vitality and relevance to the discipline of English literature in the United States.

After tracing the various meanings attached to "literature" since the Renaissance, he argues that the concept that currently shapes the work of English departments excludes both powerful "sacred" documents (from the Declaration of Independence to the Bible) and pleasurable, profane works (including popular musicals, opera, and film), and that both sorts of works should be studied in English courses.

English after the Fall is a manifesto for the replacement of literature with what Scholes calls "textuality" -—a n expansive and ecumenical notion of what we read and write —- as the primary object of English instruction.


UI Veterans Association participates in nationwide remembrance roll call

Members of the University of Iowa Veterans Association are participating in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Veterans Day, Friday Nov. 11, on the east Pentacrest lawn of the UI campus.

Volunteers are invited to help the association members by taking a turn to read for 15 minutes from a list of names that includes 6,300-plus Americans who have been killed in wars in the last decade.

The event is part of a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American service men and women and is sponsored by The Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Along with more than 180 participating schools in all 50 states, local community members will read the names as well. UI Army ROTC members will post colors, and U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack will say a few words and read some of the names at 10 a.m. There will be a simultaneous nationwide moment of silence observed at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

For more information or to volunteer, call the UI Veterans Center at 319-335-3152 or 319-384-2020.

The UI has more than 800 UI student, faculty, and staff who are veterans. For more information, visit


Harlan, Iowa, boy is Kid Captain for Iowa-Michigan State game Nov. 12

Ryan DeMott, 12, of Harlan, son of Wendy and Bill Mueller and John DeMott, has been named Kid Captain for Saturday, Nov. 12, when the Iowa Hawkeyes play Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium.

Ryan received third-degree burns covering 70 percent of his body following a campfire accident in October 2010. He was rushed to a local hospital and then airlifted to a medical center in Lincoln, Neb. Ryan spent five weeks at the Lincoln hospital receiving treatment.

Complications arose when Ryan started having difficulty breathing. Doctors in Lincoln recommended he be transferred to University of Iowa Children's Hospital for treatment of tracheal stenosis, or narrowing of the windpipe.

Today Ryan is back in school, is active and plays with the family's two dogs, Truman and Kinnick.

More information and a video about Ryan are available at

In its third year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their stories.

Home game Kid Captains are honored at midfield before the game. All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and will receive a commemorative jersey.


Printmaker Szyhalski presents free lecture at the UI Nov. 14

Printmaker Piotr Szyhalski, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will speak on "We Are Working All The Time! (Selected Artworks from the Labor Camp Project)," at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Room 105 of the Adler Journalism Building.

A faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Szyhalski came to the United States in 1990 from his native Poland to teach at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and he has since maintained a furious pace of teaching, publishing, performing, and exhibiting his work internationally.

In Minneapolis Szyhalski mentors graduate students and teaches graphic design, illustration, fine arts, and liberal arts, including a popular "POLIT-PROP: Art for the Broad Masses of the People" course, through which students study the historical and contemporary concepts of propaganda art.

Visit the Labor Camp at


Irish to repeat 'Corn' lecture Nov. 17 in Old Capitol Museum

The University of Iowa Professor of Biology Erin Irish will repeat her lecture "Corn: Only as high as an elephant's eye" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Old Capitol Museum Supreme Court Chamber.

The free public lecture is sponsored UI Pentacrest Museums and coincides with the extension of the current Old Capitol exhibit "Maize," which originally scheduled to close on Oct. 16 but now will remain open until Nov. 27. The traveling exhibit explores the science and history of maize: what it is, why it is important, and how it has changed over the thousands of years that humans have cultivated the crop. More information on the exhibit can be found at:

As a result of interest from Dr. Irish's initial Oct. 28 lecture, she appeared as a guest on Iowa Public Radio "Talk of Iowa" show. That show aired Nov. 3 and is now available on the IPR website:

The Pentacrest Museums are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. They are closed Mondays and national holidays. For more information, visit and


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