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Oct. 26, 2011

At A Glance

Mangum named to Imagining America National Advisory Board

Teresa Mangum, UI associate professor of English and director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, has been elected to the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA).

Based at Syracuse University, IA is a national consortium of 90 colleges and universities whose mission is to animate and strengthen the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design through mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships that advance democratic scholarship and practice.

Mangum has published articles about the ways scholars in earlier historical periods can undertake engaged teaching and scholarship, including a forthcoming essay in the journal Pedagogy. She is a co-founder of the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy, which prepares graduate students to be public artists and scholars. Mangum is a participant in IA's national affinity group of public humanities centers and institutes, IA representative to the founding committee of the national Academy of Community Engagement, and will join the Board's Strategic Planning Committee.

Mangum's full biography and curriculum vitae is available at

For more information on Imagining America, visit:


Estes to perform Oct. 29 as part of Iowa Latino Conference

Internationally renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes will perform as part of An Evening of Music and Dance at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 as the special guest of the 13th Iowa Latino Conference, sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Estes will sing with a local youth choir and Muscatine native, tenor Juan Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with W. Stephen Smith, and recently completed a Master of Arts degree in vocal performance from Iowa, where he studied under John Muriello.

The performance will also showcase four dance companies, including contemporary ballet company A Poc A Poc from Mexico.

The event will be held at Central Middle School, 901 Cedar St. in Muscatine, Iowa. Tickets are $10 (12 and under attend at no charge) and can be purchased at the door. For more information about the conference schedule and performers, go to


Jolly Time popcorn head Smith to speak at UI

Garry Smith, president of the Sioux City-based maker of Jolly Time popcorn, will discuss running his family-owned company in an appearance at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

Smith will discuss the history of his family's company and the challenges of running a global business from Iowa. To register, call the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 319-335-1022 or visit

Free Jolly Time popcorn will also be given to people who attend.

Smith is president of the American Pop Corn Co., founded in Sioux City by his grandfather, Cloid H. Smith, in 1914. Smith started working for the company while still in high school and joined full-time in 1976.


Gallery series presents adaptation of Ibsen Nov. 4-6

The Gallery series of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present a new adaptation of Ibsen's rarely-performed "The Lady from the Sea" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Graduate-student director David Hanzal adapted the play with student poet Alyssa Perry, and the production features the work of choreographer Gabriel Anderson and designer Maylan Thomas.

Beyond the walls of her fjord home, where her husband offers the security of family and responsibility, Ellida is constantly drawn to the sea. Despite the trappings of middle-class contentment, this respectable married woman lives a secret inner life, obsessing over a sailor who romanced her in her youth. When he returns to claim her as his bride and promise the ecstasy of the unknown, she must choose between her established home and her need for the sea.

Admission is $6 at the door, $4 for seniors and youth, and free for UI students with a valid UI ID. Tickets will go on sale one hour before curtain time.

The production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the department at 319-335-2700 for additional information.


Painting and Drawing guest Berry speaks Nov. 8 at the UI

Ian Berry, visiting artist in painting and drawing in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Room 101 of Biology Building East on the UI campus.

Berry is associate director for curatorial affairs and curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Before going to Skidmore he served as assistant curator at the Williams College Museum of Art.

A specialist in contemporary art, he has organized several exhibitions for the Tang Museum, including projects that combine antique maps, scientific equipment, Rube Goldberg cartoons, and Shaker furniture with new works of international contemporary art. His recent solo artist projects at the Tang have featured artists including Paul Henry Ramirez, Nayland Blake, Jim Hodges, and Alyson Shotz.

Among his many publications, Berry is co-editor of the recent catalogue "Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress," and he teaches the seminar course, "Inside the Museum," which serves as an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of the modern museum.


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