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Nov. 28, 2011

At A Glance

'A Slice of Iowa Pioneer History' is topic of Dec. 1 lecture at Old Capitol Museum

What was life really like in frontier Iowa and in the farming communities that developed later? Franklin Yoder, Kalona native and University of Iowa adjunct assistant professor of history, will share his insights based on the study of two Johnson County townships in a lecture set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Old Capitol Museum. The free public lecture is offered in conjunction with a current Old Capitol photography exhibit, "Life and Death on the Prairie."

Yoder grew up on farm near Kalona before earning a degree in history and in religion from the UI and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.  As UI adjunct professor of history, he teaches courses in American and Iowa history. He also teaches courses in German and European history in a study abroad program in Lüneberg, Germany.

The exhibit "Life and Death on the Prairie" will be on display at the Old Capitol Museum's Hanson Humanities Gallery through Dec. 10.  The exhibit will close on Dec. 10 with a lecture by the exhibit's artist Stephen Longmire. For more information on Old Capitol Museum's exhibits and programs visit


'Finding God at Iowa' speaker to discuss how higher education helps give students purpose
David L. Gould, academic coordinator for the University of Iowa Interdepartmental Studies program, will discuss the expanded benefits of higher education at the next Finding God at Iowa Lunch Forum, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Ohio State Room (Room 343) of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Gould asserts that education not only helps in preparing one for a career, but also helps students find meaning and purpose.
The "Finding God at Iowa" Lunch Forum series, sponsored by Geneva Campus Ministry, meets once a month during the regular school year. Christian faculty, staff, and students speak on how their faith shapes their lives, their work, and their perspectives on university and social issues. 

For more information, contact Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or


Dec. 2 WorldCanvass to explore Iowa and Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man will be the focus of the next WorldCanvass program from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
Discussion topics for the evening include the life and works of Ralph Ellison and his place among other African-American writers of his era; the staging of Invisible Man, happening first at the University of Iowa; the benefits of integrating performance in the classroom as a teaching tool; and the history of African-Americans at the UI and in Iowa.
Guests include playwright and writer Oren Jacoby; producer and director Christopher McElroen; curator at the UI Museum of Art Kathleen Edwards; Hancher Director Chuck Swanson; Director of the Center for Teaching Jean Florman; and professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Lena Hill, Michael Hill, Horace Porter, and Bridget Tsemo.
WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs in partnership with the UI Pentacrest Museums, UITV, KRUI, and Information Technology Services. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend, listen to the live broadcast on KRUI-FM, or watch the live video stream on the International Programs' website.
For more information, contact WorldCanvass  host Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026 or visit


Green Politics conference Dec. 2-3 explores the environment from different angles
The upcoming third annual University of Iowa European Studies Conference will explore such diverse environmental topics as cinematic landscapes and green politics, modernization and ecological awareness in France, and how environmental concerns are portrayed in popular culture.
The multidisciplinary "Green Politics II" conference will be Dec. 2 and 3 in Room 315 Phillips Hall on the UI campus. All events are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
A keynote address titled "European Energy and Environmental Policy in the Lead Up to Rio +20" will be presented by Miranda Schreurs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Schreurs is a professor of comparative politics and director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at Freie Universität Berlin.
Scholarly presentations will be offered from UI faculty members and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). For a complete conference schedule, visit
Sponsors for the conference include UI International Programs, the European Studies Group, the UI Departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature, German, and French and Italian, and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in CLAS.
For more information, contact Michel Laronde at or 319-335-2264.


Fine Arts Council presents Holiday Thieves' Art Market Dec. 3-4

The University of Iowa's Fine Arts Council will hold the Holiday Thieves' Art Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

More than 100 artists will exhibit and sell their original work in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, drawing, metal, glass, jewelry, fiber, and more. The show has a juried selection process. Admission is free and open to the public.

New this year, a wine tasting will be held in the North Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The tasting also is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

For more information visit or call 319-335-3393.


UI Museum of Natural History's movie series continues Dec. 4 with 'Night at the Museum'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its fall "Movies@MNH" series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, with the free public screening of "Night at the Museum" in Macbride Auditorium.

"Night at the Museum" follows Larry Daley, played by Ben Stiller, a newly recruited night security guard at New York City's American Museum of Natural History, who discovers that an ancient curse causes the exhibits to come to life and wreak havoc.

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History or the Movies @ MNH series visit


Muslim Liberalism examined in UI lecture Dec. 5
Turkish author and columnist Mustafa Akyol will present a lecture titled "Muslim Liberalism: Is It Ever Possible?" at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. This event is free and open to the public.
Akyol is a political commentator in the Turkish media and his articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many other journals and newspapers. He studied political science and history in Istanbul, Turkey, where he still lives. He has spoken on many platforms, including various universities and think-tanks in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. His latest book, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, examines the idea of Muslim liberalism.
This event is sponsored by the Intellectual Dialogue Society, Niagara Foundation, and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights in International Programs.
For more information on this event, email or call 319-594-0573. Learn more about Mustafa Akyol at


Prep your skis for the season with UI Rec Services

UI Recreational Services will teach the art of waxing cross-country skis during a free clinic at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadow Dr., just west of the Hall of Fame. The clinic is open to the public, and parking is available at the facility.

For more information, contact Dave Patton at or visit


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