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Oct. 28, 2011

At A Glance

New UI Press book examines theater in Jacobean London

The award-winning Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series from the University of Iowa Press will make Theatre, Community, and Civic Engagement in Jacobean London by Mark Bayer available Nov. 2.

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

Bayer, an faculty member in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, argues that the early modern London theatre was an important community institution whose influence extended far beyond its economic, religious, educational, and entertainment contributions.

He concentrates, not on the theaters where Shakespeare's plays were performed, but on two important amphitheaters, the Fortune and the Red Bull, that offer a more nuanced picture of the Jacobean playgoing public. By looking at these playhouses, the plays they staged, their audiences, and the communities they served, he explores the local dimensions of playgoing from 1599 to 1625.


Native American artist Luna to give workshop, performative lecture Nov. 3-4

Native American artist James Luna will visit the University of Iowa Nov. 3-4 as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Luna will offer a free workshop for UI students with interests in art, Native American issues, and cultural representations of identity from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in E226 Adler Journalism Building. He will also give a performative lecture, "Phantasmagoria" at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber, with a reception following at 7:30 p.m. at the Latino and Native American Cultural Center. Both events on Friday are free and open to the public.

Luna is a Pooyukitchum (Luiseno) Indian and enrolled member and resident of the La Jolla Indian Reservation in northern San Diego County, Calif. His performance and installation art draws from personal experiences and probes emotions surrounding the way people are perceived within and outside of their cultures.
Luna's visit, supported by the UI Office of the Provost, is sponsored by the American Indian and Native Studies Program (AINSP), in collaboration with the American Indian Student Association, and the Departments of Theatre Arts, Art and Art History, and American Studies. AINSP and the departments are all a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit or contact Erica Prussing at


Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza to present two events Nov. 4
Cristina Rivera Garza, one of the most prominent Mexican narrators of this generation, will present two events Friday, Nov. 4, on the University of Iowa campus. She will read from her work in Spanish from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, followed by an English conversation on her experiences as a writer from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 315 of Phillips Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.
Garza is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of numerous books, most recently Verde Shanghai (2011). She publishes a weekly column in the Mexican newspaper Milenio and actively maintains her blog "No Hay Tal Lugar."
This lecture is sponsored by the following: the Latin American Studies Program in International Programs; the UI Writers' Workshop, the Department of English, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the International Writing Program.
For more information, contact Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez at or 319-335-3452.


UI Museum of Natural History's movie series continues Nov. 6 with 'Green Fire'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its fall "Movies@MNH" series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, with the free public screening of "Green Fire — Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time" in Macbride Auditorium.

"Green Fire" describes the formation of Leopold's idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation.

"Green Fire" was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the U.S. Forest Service. Conservation biologist Curt Meine, Leopold's biographer, serves as the film's on-screen guide.

For more information on the UI Museum of Natural History visit


UI plans TransWeek activities Nov. 6-13
The community will have the opportunity to learn more about transgender issues during the third annual University of Iowa TransWeek with the theme "Building Communities of Care" Sunday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 13.
The UI student and community-based group TransCollaborations is organizing the week of education and outreach events with support from the UI LBGT Resource Center and the UI Chief Diversity Office.
Activities include film screenings, poetry readings, lectures, dances, workshops, collaborative art projects, and discussions. These activities will explore and deconstruct gender from multiple and intersecting racial, class, ethnic, and spiritual perspectives. Highlights include "Intersections of Boxes and Bodies: A Dialogue Between Health Care Providers and Trans-identified Individuals" from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in Room 2520D University Capitol Centre, and a film screening and discussion on "She's a Boy I Knew" from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A.
All events are free and open to the public. Visit for a complete schedule of events and list of sponsors.
For more information, contact Lindsay Jarratt, TransCollaborations staff advisor, at or 319-353-2568 or stef shuster, TransCollaborations co-organizer, at or 502-594-7094.


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