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Tune in, log on to Lil Picard

How did a German Jewish cabaret performer escape the Nazis to become a world-famous artist, feminist and activist? And why did her estate give her works and papers to the University of Iowa? Learn the answers to these questions and more by visiting a new UIMA exhibition, Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, and by attending or listening in to the next WorldCanvass program at 5 p.m. Friday in the Old Capitol Museum.

‘WorldCanvass’ recording is Friday

The public is encouraged to attend the next recording of “WorldCanvass,” when guests will discuss the counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s. This free program will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The program will examine the social history of the U.S. during the ’60s and ’70s, a time when youth culture rejected traditional views on everything from patriotism and government to sexuality and recreational drugs. Guests will discuss the movement’s influence on film, theater, art and pop culture in decades to come.

UI Offers New Study Abroad Program

Instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation, Introduction to International Relations students could soon be gazing onto the beaches of Normandy. University of Iowa students will no longer have to wade through all their general-education requirements in classrooms overlooking the Pentacrest. Instead, they’ll have the opportunity to take in London, Paris, or Florence.

U.S. west, German imagination

This is a guest opinion from the Iowa City Press-Citizen by UI history professor H. Glenn Penny

The relationships between Germans and American Indians over the last two centuries — and the many ways in which Germans helped to channel and shape pervasive notions and ideas about...


Panel probes bigotry against Muslims

Islamophobia is not just a fear. It’s a prejudice. Miriam Amer shared this definition with a crowd in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium on Monday night. Amer, the executive director of the Iowa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, grew up in New Hampshire when the word “Islamophobia” — used to describe the fear of Islam — did not exist. “It’s become a common term,” Amer said. “A very bad term, but a common term.”

UI hosts panel on Islamophobia tonight

The UI will present “Intolerance and the First Amendment: Islamophobia,” a discussion of Islamophobia, human rights, and religious freedom, at 7 p.m. today in the Main Library’s Shambaugh Auditorium. The discussion will include conversations on stereotypes, misunderstandings, and fears that contribute to the rise of Islamophobia and intolerance toward the Islamic community. Panelists will present their views on policy decisions and bans concerning Islam and specific forms of religious expression.