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Oct. 17, 2011

At A Glance

New UI Press book explores innovation in African American poetry

"Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry" by Evie Shockley is now available as part of the Contemporary North American Poetry Series from the University of Iowa Press. 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

This series documents, analyzes, and seeks to sustain the diverse developments in North American poetry since the 1950s by publishing critical studies, collections of essays on poetics, and biographies, as well as correspondence and memoirs.

Beginning with a deceptively simple question —- What do we mean when we designate behaviors, values, or forms of expression as "black"? —- Shockley's "Renegade Poetics" separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long encompassed.

She argues that a rigid notion of black aesthetics commonly circulates that is little more than a caricature of the concept. She sees the Black Aesthetic as influencing not only African American poets and their poetic production, but also, through its shaping of criteria and values, the reception of their work.


Alumni organists will present free duo UI recital Oct. 22

Organists Paul Tegels and Dana Robinson, alumni of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free duo-organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City.

Tegels, a native of the Netherlands, is university organist at Pacific Lutheran University. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange.

He has done extensive research on the concertos of Haydn, and played the American premiere of the Haydn Organ Concerto in D, for which he prepared a performance edition. He is past dean of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is president of the Westfield Center, a national resource for keyboard music.

Robinson has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States, and has presented recitals, master classes, and lectures for many organizations, including the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. His performances are frequently featured on the syndicated radio program "Pipedreams," and he is now the organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign.


Bondurant girl is Kid Captain for Iowa-Indiana game Oct. 22

Kali Buchanan, daughter of Deanna and Dave Buchanan of Bondurant, has been named Kid Captain for Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Indiana.

Kali was diagnosed with desmoid fibromatoma, a rare cancer that grew in her left jawbone, when she was just 3 years old. Her doctors referred her to University of Iowa Children's Hospital, and she became just the second child to be treated for the cancer here.

Now 8, Kali is disease-free. She had two surgeries to remove tumors and her lower jaw in 2007 and two more to reconstruct the area in 2008. A year after her final surgery she started chemotherapy.

More information and a video about Kali 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.


Reckase to speak at College of Education's William E. Coffman Lecture Oct. 27

Mark Reckase, University Distinguished Professor of Measurement and Quantitative Methods at Michigan State University, will discuss "What Legitimate Inferences Can be Made from International Studies of Educational Achievement" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Jones Commons, N300 Lindquist Center.

The annual William E. Coffman Lecture is presented by the University of Iowa College of Education's Iowa Measurement Research Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Reckase will analyze the design of international studies of student achievement such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Programme for International Student Assessment. He will also share his experiences with the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics, a comparison of the preparation of teachers of mathematics in 17 countries.

Reckase will discuss the complex data collection and analysis procedures employed in these international studies. He will also discuss appropriate interpretations of the results of these studies with the overall goal of indicating what can reasonably be concluded from these results.

A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call 319-335-5412.


Gompper and David play music new and sort of old

The duo of Viennese violinist Wolfgang David and pianist David Gompper will present a Center for New Music concert that includes some music that's not so new, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.

In addition to works from the 21st century -- including the premieres of Gompper's "Calling Cards" and UI alumnus Christopher Gainey's "Salmagundi Farrago," as well as "Tristia" by English composer Jeremy Dale Roberts -- the duo will reach back into the first half of the 20th century with performances of Nigun No. 2 from 1923 by Ernest Bloch and Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a, from 1943.

The fruitful Gompper/David collaboration began in 2000 when David toured in the United States. In the beginning they only worked together as a composer and performer, which has inspired Gompper to compose a dozen works. But in 2002 they were invited to perform together in Moscow. Encouraged by this success, they have continued to concertize together, performing more than 100 events throughout the United States and Europe.

Since earning a doctorate in composition at the UI, Gainey has seen his works performed by groups including the Atlantic Guitar Quartet, the Affinity Chamber Players, the San Francisco Guitar Quartet and Duo Transatlantique. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in music theory at the University of British Columbia.


Public invited to conference about arsenic in Iowa's water

The public is invited to attend a one-day conference that will examine "Arsenic in Iowa's Water Sources" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the State of Iowa Historical Building, 600 East Locust St., Des Moines.

Recent Iowa studies have documented the widespread occurrence of arsenic in private drinking water wells. The arsenic is generally naturally occurring, and concentrations are thought to depend on geologic and chemical factors, as well as water use patterns and well construction.

Conference topics will include health effects of arsenic, research and education activities, policy considerations, approaches of neighboring states to address arsenic, and options for removing arsenic from small water systems, including private wells.

Conference sponsors are the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), State Hygienic Laboratory, Iowa departments of Public Health and Natural Resources.

Attendance at individual presentations is free and does not require registration. To attend the full conference, register in advance at The fee for attending the full day is $25 and includes lunch.

For more information about the conference, visit or contact Peter Weyer, Ph.D., associate director for CHEEC at 319-335-4014 or


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