2011

Hurricane Katrina lecture Nov. 15 related to One Community, One Book 2011 selection

Margaret Crocco, dean of the UI College of Education, will discuss why disasters demonstrate the need for democratic dialogue and civic engagement Tuesday Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Crocco will share the process of developing a curriculum keyed to Spike Lee’s award-winning film about Hurricane Katrina, “When the Levees Broke.” She will speak about how a tragedy can often reshape consciousness around community and community involvement.

Nobel-winner Wole Soyinka to be honored in IC

Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka will be recognized in Iowa City this weekend for his outstanding contributions to world literature and his commitment to the struggle for human rights.

At 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Soyinka will receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Program Lectureship Award. A ceremony will be held in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium after Soyinka presents the lecture “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text.” At 7:30 p.m., Soyinka will read from his work in the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washingon St. Both events are free and open to the public.

UI India Winterim program receives $10,000 toward student scholarships

The Sehgal Family Foundation has made a gift of $10,000 to the University of Iowa for its India Winterim program. The gift will be used toward scholarships for students studying at the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, India, during the upcoming three-week winter session.

IRRAD, an initiative of the Sehgal Family Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, enables the empowerment of rural communities in India. The institute carries out grassroots research and develops sustainable and replicable models for improving water management, small-scale agriculture, rural governance, sanitation and health, and other related areas of rural development.

‘Open Book and Closed Text’ is topic of Nobel Prize-winning author’s lecture Nov. 6

Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka will present a lecture titled “Technology and the Writer: Open Book and Closed Text,” Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. He will also receive the Rex D. Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the African Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.

The African Studies Program, a part of UI International Programs, will present the award in memory of UI faculty member Rex Honey to recognize Soyinka’s outstanding contribution to world literature and his continuing advocacy of human rights reforms in Nigeria and around the globe.

‘Kamikaze Girls’ screening Nov. 4 will complete ‘Young Starlets’ film series

The “Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” film series will hold its final screening this Friday, Nov. 4, featuring “Kamikaze Girls” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Previous screenings featured the films “One Million Yen Girl,” “Harmful Insect” and “Yunagi City Sakura Country.”

WiderNet Project Sells 400th eGranary

The University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project, based in the School of Library and Information Science, sold its 400th eGranary Digital Library on Oct. 6.

Mansoor Ali Khan, a doctor from Pakistan, was the recipient of the device.

The eGranary is an offline digital resource that delivers millions of educational documents to developing countries where Web access is minimal and expensive. The WiderNet Project began distributing digital libraries in 2001 with the goal of distributing 500 by early June 2012.

Mexican Author Cristina Rivera Garza to Present Two Events Nov. 4

Cristina Rivera Garza, one of the most prominent Mexican narrators of the this generation, will present two upcoming events Friday, Nov. 4, on the UI campus.

She will read from her work in Spanish from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, followed by an English conversation on her experiences as a writer from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Room 315 of Phillips Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

UI ‘Re-Creation’ Conference Will Include Free Performances of the Oldest Surviving Opera

(Media-Newswire.com) – “Re-Creation: Musical Reception of Classical Antiquity,” a conference hosted by the University of Iowa Department of Classics and School of Music, will include free Oct. 28 and 30 performances of the oldest surviving opera, Jacopo Peri’s “Euridice.” The performances by the UI Opera Studio, conducted from the keyboard by faculty member Gregory Hand, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Riverside Recital Hall.

UI, Community Groups to Share Telling: Iowa City Veteran Performances Nov. 8-10

Telling: Iowa City hopes to change that. This unique theatrical production will bring men and women to the stage–including six University of Iowa student veterans and other Iowa veterans from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force–to share their experiences working in field hospitals in Vietnam, flying through the oil-filled skies of Desert Storm or otherwise serving in Afghanistan, North Carolina, and at the Pentagon.

Events to feature AnDa Union

Members of the public can learn about the history of Mongolian folk music group AnDa Union, as well as learn their unique guttural throat singing technique, during two free events Thursday and Friday sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs.

The Confucius Institute will host an interactive throat singing workshop from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre. Members of AnDa Union will lead workshop participants through the traditional techniques that define their musical style.

Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka is a Nov. 6 guest of the UI

The International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa will welcome Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian author Wole Soyinka to the UI Sunday, Nov. 6. He will take part in two free, public events: He will receive the Rex Honey African Studies Lectureship Award, presented by the UI African Studies Program, at 3:30 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library; and he will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. in the Englert Theatre.

Eko says UI students are watching events in Libya

Here in the QCA, students are learning about why the conflict a world away affects them here at home. Professors said students at the University of Iowa have been tuned in to Libya’s fight for democracy and are watching history unfold as the era of tyranny comes to an end.

Leo Eko works as a journalism professor and Co–Director of the African Studies Program at U of I. He said students want to know what’s going on at home and abroad.

‘Herbert Tobias and the Optics of Desire’ is Topic of Nov. 3 Lecture

Abstract: By analyzing a single trophy photograph by West German enfant terrible Herbert Tobias and viewing it as both a material object and performative practice, Evans suggests ways to move beyond the documentary impulse towards a methodology that captures and historicizes key and distinct elements of queer life in the era of the Sexual Revolution. At the intersection of artist intent, socio-historical context, and individual interpretation, she argues, erotic photography can answer a host of historical questions about same-sex desire and visibility, provided we are willing to embrace affect and subjectivity as serious categories of historical investigation.

‘Yunagi City Sakura Country’ is Oct. 28 film for 'Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema'™ series

The “Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” film series continues Friday, Oct. 28, with a screening of “Yunagi City Sakura Country” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. The final screening will be “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.

A display of award-winning furoshiki designs will be featured at each screening as well. The Japan Foundation’s annual furoshiki design contest for college students serves as an opportunities for people overseas to learn about furoshiki, a Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used as gift wrapping, a shopping bag, and décor, among many other uses.

Peterson to receive International Impact Award on November 11 WorldCanvass

WorldCanvass will kick off the University of Iowa’s observance of International Education Week with the presentation of the second annual International Impact Award and an examination of the experience of being the other from 5-7 p.m., Friday, November 11, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the formal program.