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Oct. 12, 2011

At A Glance

UI Libraries digitizes historic government posters

A collection of 1,500 historic government-issued posters from pre-World War II through the 1990s will be preserved and made available in digital format through a partnership between University of Iowa Libraries and the U.S. Government Printing Office.

The UI Libraries is part of the Government Printing Office Federal Depository Library Program, which provides public access to published information of all three branches of the government through partnerships with more than 1,220 libraries nationwide. The collection is available at:

"I'm delighted that this previously hidden collection is now available to anyone with an Internet connection," says Marianne Mason, the UI Federal Documents Librarian. "These posters often represent a graphic documentation of priorities of a given presidential administration or reflect social culture at a discrete point in time. Nearly all federal agencies, both past and present, have produced social marketing posters including the Works Project Administration, War Mobilization Office, EPA, Department of Interior, and NASA. This visual collection has the potential to complement academic course work in public policy, history, communication studies, and health sciences and to enhance outreach activities to primary and secondary (K-12) students."


UI Press releases study of contemporary academic anti-elitism

"American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique" by Catherine Liu is now available from the University of Iowa Press.

Liu, the director of the University of California–Irvine's Humanities Collective, argues that social mobility, once a revered hallmark of American society, has ebbed, as higher education has become a mechanistic process for efficient sorting that has more to do with class formation than anything else.

Liu reveals that, within the academy and stemming from the relatively new discipline of cultural studies, animosity against expertise has animated much of the Left's cultural criticism. "American Idyll" claims that recent anti-elitism does nothing to redress the source of its discontent -- growing economic inequality and diminishing social mobility.

Instead, pseudo-populist rage has been transformed into resentment, content merely to take down allegedly elitist cultural forms without questioning the real political and economic consolidation of powers that has taken place in America during the past 30 years.

The book may be obtained 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


Mutel to give Explorers Seminar Series lecture in Museum of Natural History Oct. 13

The University of Iowa Explorers Seminar Series, sponsored by the UI Museum of Natural History, will present a lecture, "Natural Flows: A History of Water in Iowa," by Cornelia Mutel at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub on the third floor of the museum.

Two hundred years ago, Iowa's prairie-dominated landscape regulated and cleansed an abundance of flowing water, which -- along with the state's rich prairie-bred topsoil -- was a major natural amenity. Today, water and eroding topsoils have spawned a diversity of environmental problems, and climate change is only making matters worse. What has happened, and what can we do about it? Mutel will offer a broad view of this problem and suggest some solutions.

Mutel is an archivist and historian of science and engineering at IIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering, home of the Iowa Flood Center. She has written about Iowa's natural history and environmental change issues for many years, and is active in efforts to preserve Iowa's remaining natural areas.

Visit for more information about Museum of Natural History programs.


UI Writers' Workshop visiting faculty member Tower reads Oct. 19

Fiction writer Wells Tower, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will present a free reading at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall. (Z.Z. Packer was also scheduled to read but will be unable to participate.)

Tower is the author of the short story collection "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned." The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the 2002 Plimpton (Discovery) Prize from the Paris Review and a Henfield Foundation Award, and he was named as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" luminary fiction writers. In 2010, he was awarded the 10th Annual New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and his work was included in "Best American Short Stories 2010."

He studied anthropology and sociology before pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from Columbia University. His short stories and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, the Paris Review, "The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories," the Washington Post Magazine, and elsewhere. 

Listen to workshop alumnus Joe Fassler's KRUI interview with Tower at


Jupiter String Quartet performs as guest of UI School of Music Oct. 22

The award-winning Jupiter String Quartet will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music.

The program will feature Mozart's K. 428 quartet, the second quartet by Prokofiev and the String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131, by Beethoven.

The quartet has won several recent chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, which "honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career." The Jupiters also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The quartet concertizes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America in venues including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. They have also been enthusiastically received at several major music festivals.


UI LGBT Resource Center to celebrate 5th anniversary Oct. 28-30

A special weekend of festivities will celebrate a half-decade milestone for the University of Iowa Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center Oct. 28-30 in Iowa City.

The UI Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, UI Alumni Association, UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment, LGBT Faculty and Staff Association, TransCollaborations, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union (GLBTAU) invite the public to participate in the center's 5th anniversary celebration.

The celebration will begin with a reception and rededication/ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the center, located at 125 Grand Avenue Court in Iowa City. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and include UI officials, alumni, and current students sharing their reflections and visions for the center. An open house will follow as well as a play entitled, That's so Gay: The Play!, which begins at 9 p.m. presented in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board Diversity Committee.

Though Friday's events are free and open to the public, registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the other activities. An entire list of weekend activities and registration details are at

For registration questions, e-mail or call the UI Alumni Association at 319-335-3296.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.