Events for Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17 Events

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Health Sciences Research Week 2014

All Day Event

Location: Medical Education & Research Facility

The 2014 Health Sciences Research Week event will take place April 22-24, 2014.  Please refer to the Research Week website at for schedule updates and information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Scientific Affairs in advance at (319) 335-8587.   

Contact: Housholder, Sonya K(

Grant Wood Fellows Show

All Day Event

Location: Art Building West, Levitt Gallery

 Exhibition of work and performances by 2013-14 Grant Wood Fellows: Kristina Paabus, Eric Sall and Esther Baker-Tarpaga. See link for full schedule.

Contact: Niebuhr, Annette L(

UIowa MFA Printmakers Exhibition at Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room - Iowa City

All Day Event

Location: No Location Specified


Join us at Steven Vail Fine Arts - Project Room Iowa City for the UIowa MFA Printmakers Exhibition.

Exhibition Runs from April 11 – May 2, 2014



Steven Vail Project Room- Iowa City, 118 East College Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Telephone: (319) 248- 9443




Hours:  TUESDAY– FRIDAY 11-5 + SAT 11-4




Contact: Alina Kulpaviciute(

Art & Life in Africa

9:00 A.M.

Location: Black Box Theater, Iowa Memorial Union

This spring the Black Box Theater will undergo a transformation into a dynamic facility for exploring the arts and lives of diverse African peoples.

UIMA Curator of African and Non-Western Art Catherine Hale, working in partnership with Professor Christopher D. Roy of the School of Art and Art History, has developed both an exhibition and a website that feature content from Professor Roy’s 1997 landmark project, also calledArt and Life in Africa (ALA).

Pushing the boundaries of the traditional art exhibition, the new exhibition will coincide with the inauguration of the ALA website and will invite visitors to take an active role in investigating the works on display. While the exhibition will include brief labels and a handout about art objects for those who are not technologically inclined, its most extensive information source will be the ALA website, which will be accessible in the exhibition space via smartphones, tablets, and computers.

Sponsored in part by J. Randolph and Linda Lewis, Richard H. and Mary Jo Stanley, Craig N. and Nancy B. Willis, and multiple donors to the Members Special Exhibition Fund

Contact: UI Museum of Art(

English Language Discussion Circles

12:00 P.M.

Location: John Pappajohn Business Building, Room S126

 English Language Discussion Circles

English Language Discussion Circles give international students a chance to practice their English, expand their vocabulary, and learn about American culture by chatting with a tutor from the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center.  Discussion circles meet every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:00 noon. Students can bring their lunch and stay for all or part of the hour. No appointment is necessary. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the event contact person listed above.

Contact: Jill Griffee Ross(

Writing Wrongs: Literature, Trauma, and the African Moral Imagination

12:00 P.M.

Location: University Capitol Centre International Commons (Room 1117)

UI alumnus J. Roger Kurtz, professor of African literatures at The College at Brockport: State University of New York will present on engaging trauma theory through African literature in an upcoming UI talk Thursday, April 24, 2014, at noon in 1117 University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will examine conceptual problems of the Eurocentric origins of trauma theory and make suggestions on how “re-membering practices” of African literature may offer ways to reframe trauma studies from an African perspective.

Kurtz holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Urban Obsessions, Urban Fears: The Postcolonial Kenyan Novel (1998) and of Nyarloka's Gift: The Writing of Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye (2005).

This event is sponsored by the African Studies Program in UI International Programs. Light refreshments will be served.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Giblin in advance at or 319-335-2288.

Contact: Jim Giblin(

Attachment: Writing Wrongs Flyer_email.pdf

Morris Birnbaum, MD, PhD, Health Sciences Research Week

12:00 P.M.

Location: 1110A Medical Education & Research Facility

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Dr. Morris Birnbaum will be presenting the third and final keynote lecture for the 2014 Health Sciences Research Week event in 1110A MERF. Dr. Birnbaum is the Willard and Rhoda Ware Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Disease in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Birnbaum's presentation will be "The Regulation of Metabolism by Insulin and Glucagon".

This year's speakers will focus on "Diabetes: Mechanisms and Treatment".  To see the comprehensive schedule, please refer to the website at


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Scientific Affairs and Graduate Programs in advance at (319) 335-8587.

Contact: Housholder, Sonya K(

Hardin Open Workshop: Patents

3:00 P.M.

Location: Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

 The purpose of this hands-on class is to introduce several resources found on the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office website that may be used to locate information on patents, trademarks and patent applications. Google’s patent searching feature will be also be highlighted as a source for finding information on patents. HOW classes are free for UI students and affiliates.

Contact: Catherine Reed Thureson(

Career Preparation During Summer Break--Life in Iowa

3:30 P.M.

Location: University Capitol Centre, International Commons (Room 1117)

Whether or not you have an internship or employment this summer, you can take steps to further your career. Learn how you can make the most of your summer break wherever you will be - in the U.S., your home country, or elsewhere abroad.

Contact: Yuhao Chen(

Cross-Cultural Practices in Caribbean Literature and Art

4:00 P.M.

Location: Phillips Hall, Room 315

An upcoming UI visit by A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of the University of Virginia, will include two events April 24-25, both free and open to the public.

Arnold will present “To ‘Africa’ with Aimé Césaire and Wifredo Lam” on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 315 Phillips Hall. The talk addresses the literary and artistic collaboration between Aimé Césaire and avant-garde artist Wifredo Lam within the larger context of inter-Caribbean intellectual currents from the interwar period through WWII and beyond.

Then, on Friday, April 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre, Arnold will present "Les Discours identitaires aux Antilles Françaises (1940-1995).” This talk will cover the three main artistic/literary movements in the Francophone Caribbean: Négritude, Antillanité, and Créolité. Arnold will also address the divergence between masculinist Martinican writers and their female counterparts in Guadeloupe.

These events are sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program in UI International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Department of French & Italian; and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Adriana Mendez in advance at or 319-335-2230.

Contact: Adriana Mendez(

Attachment: CDA Lecture Series_email .pdf

Exploring the Northwest Passage in an Era of Climate Change

6:00 P.M.

Location: Old Capitol Museum

Join Iowa native and photographer David Thoreson as he discusses his sailing adventures in the Northwest Passage and around the Americas and what these travels have taught him about climate change, as chronicled in the exhbit The Northwest Passage and Oceans Beyond: An Iowan Sails into History. Refreshments will follow.

Contact: Shalla Ashworth (

UI School of Music Presents: James Naigus, horn

6:00 P.M.

Location: Recital Hall, University Capitol Centre

People with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you need assistance in order to participate in this program, please call (319) 335-1603.

Contact: Thompson, Kate C(

UI School of Music Presents: "The Vibe Hang," a percussion event with Tony Miceli

6:30 P.M.

Mark Levine and Robyn Schiff Reading

7:00 P.M.

Location: Prairie Lights Bookstore

University of Iowa faculty poets Robyn Schiff and Mark Levine will read from their work at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in a free reading at Prairie Lights Books in downtown Iowa City. The reading also will be streamed live on the University of Iowa Writing University website.

Schiff, associate professor of English, is the author of Revolver and Worth. Her work has been published in the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, and Transatlantic Verse. She coedits The Canary and Canarium Books.

Jorie Graham says of Schiff’s work, “Wild with imagination, unafraid, ambitious, inventive, stitched to perfection by a formal genius that recalls the quirkily perfect forms (and tones) of Marianne Moore.”

Levine teaches poetry at the Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Debt, Enola Gay, and The Wilds, and a book of nonfiction, F5. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award and an NEA fellowship. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Outside, and The New Yorker.

Susan Wheeler says, “Mark Levine's poems meld wit with the profoundest gravity, peculiar narratives with linguistic precision, and hubris with sorrow. Read them.”

The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Department of English are part of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information or special accommodations to attend this reading, call Jan Weissmiller at Prairie Lights, 319-337-2681. For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the Arts Iowa website.

Contact: Haldeman, Lauren E(

Lecture by Dennis Farber, visiting artist in Painting & Drawing

7:00 P.M.

Location: Art Building West, room 116

Dennis Farber has made paintings, photographs, and collages for a long time. He came to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1998 from the University of New Mexico after 25 years in both the New York and Los Angeles art worlds. Farber is a faculty member and associate dean in the Foundation Department at MICA. 

Farber’s work has been exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad. It was included in MoMA’s millennial exhibition, OPEN ENDS, 1960- present, Innocence and Experience, and traveled in major museum exhibitions by the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the LA County Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Jewish Museum, NY; the Fine Arts Museum, Houston; and a number of other museums and collections national and international.

His awards include the Adobe Magazine Design Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Polaroid Grants for their 20” x 24” camera, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship.

Image: Head, photograph

UI Explorers Seminar: Greg McDonald, National Park Service

7:00 P.M.

Location: Macbride Hall, Biosphere Discover Hub, Hageboeck Hall of Birds

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History hosts UI Explorers Seminars Series monthly on Thursday evenings, featuring interdisciplinary public lectures by researchers from the University of Iowa and beyond who explore science, the environment, prehistory, culture and the interactions of such topics. A cross-section of UI departments are represented in the series each semester, including Anthropology, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geography, Biological Sciences, and Engineering. The seminars take place monthly on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Each program involves an approximately 45 minute lecture, followed by discussion and refreshments from Molly’s Cupcakes in Iowa City.

Contact: Sarah Horgen(

UIMA SmartTalks :: Handmade: Craft, Art, and Digital Fabrication

7:30 P.M.

Location: 240 Art Building West

Joshua DeMonte will discuss digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning, his work and how it relates to crafts and adornment, and the role of 3D printing technologies and how it relates to the concept of handmade. 

Contact: UI Museum of Art(