2017-2018 Programs and Events

Breakfast and tour of Catlett Hall (Sept 15, 9 am)
TRAIL and Senior Center offer live simulcast with Dr. Atul Gawande (Sept 25, 4-5:30 pm)
Joan Schnabel talks on Iowa Raptors and Raptor Rescue (Sept 27, 2 pm)
Erin Thomas-Lewis presents the newly-created UI Center for Advancement (Oct 9, 2 pm)  
UIRA Flu Vaccination Clinic (Oct 12, 12-2 pm)
Christine Grant addresses The History and Current Status of Title IX  (Oct 24, 2 pm)
Dan McGehee discusses The History and Future of Automated Driving  (Nov 28, 2 pm)
President Bruce Harreld gives a retrospective on the past year at the U.I. (Dec 4, 2 pm)
Prof. Nicole M. Grosland presents a Department of Biomedical Engineering Overview (Jan 8, 10-11:30 am)
Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (Feb 4, 2 pm)
Carl H. Klaus reads from his work-in-progress In My Eighties: Tales of Aging (Feb 6, 2 pm)
Dr. Peter Damiano speaks on The Current State of Health Care in America (Feb 22, 2 pm)
Profs. Lena Hill and Michael Hill present Invisible Hawkeyes   (Feb 26, 10 am)
Dr. Thomas Schulein addresses The Changing Face of the Pentacrest (Mar 14, 2 pm)

UIRA Annual Luncheon Meeting and Awards (Apr 5, 12 noon)
Second UIRA Scholarship presented to Madison Stonewall at Annual Meeting (Apr 5)
Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz addresses Brexit Issues (May 10, 2 pm)

UIRA Annual Picnic at Terry Trueblood Park (June 6, 5:30 pm)
Senior Center Sports Forums (Mondays, 9-10 am)
Emeritus Faculty Council lecture series (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

The first UIRA event of the fall is breakfast and a tour of UI’s newest and largest residence hall: Elizabeth Catlett Hall.  We begin with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in the Catlett Market Place, which is on the 2nd floor.  (We are in a private dining room.)  The cost for breakfast is $7.50, payable by credit or debit card (cash not accepted).  Dr. Von Stange, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Senior Director of University Housing and Dining, will talk to the group at 9:30 a.m. about Catlett Hall.  A guided tour highlighting public areas and the art in the building follows.

Elizabeth Catlett was a renowned sculptor and printmaker and one of three UI students to earn the first Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in the United States in 1940.  She was also the first African-American woman to receive the degree.  Catlett Hall is located on the site of the old Iowa City Water Plant located on N. Madison St.  The main entry of the building is a covered walkway stretching from the T. Anne Cleary walkway to the third floor of the building.  Take the stairs or elevator down to the second floor.  An additional major entry point to the building is located off of Madison St. on the  first floor; attendees can take the elevator to the secord floor.  Plan to park in the North Parking Ramp.

In case you missed it:  Following breakfast in the MarketPlace,  Von Stange, assistant vice president for student life and senior director of university housing and dining, presented an overview of campus housing today to more than 60 UIRA members attending the September 15 event.  Elizabeth Catlett Residence Hall, the university’s new1,040 bed residence, is on Madison Street where the old Iowa City Water Plant was located. The panoramic views from the glass enclosed lounges at the end of the corridors provided breathtaking views.  Take a moment to give yourself a tour through the internet: https://housing.uiowa.edu/residence-halls/catlett-hall.  Stange contrasted the expectations of today’s students to previous generations and showed how campus housing has responded to changes and expectations: living learning communities, single use bathrooms, marketplace dining with endless food variety, air conditioned, room with space for stereos, TVs, refrigerators,  and gaming systems, coed housing and 24 hour visitation and connectivity 24/7.   Stange shared statistics on the scope of residence and dining service provided across campus.  There are 6,900 beds in 10 residence halls ranging in age from Currier built in 1914 to Catlett.  He outlined renovation steps being taken in older buildings and said 93% of first year students reside in residence halls.  There are also approximately 3 million meals served and extensive food options are offered to meet the health and dietary demands of today’s students.

TRAIL of Johnson County and the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center invite you to attend a live simulcast presentation of "A Conversation with Dr. Atul Gawande", featuring the acclaimed surgeon, researcher and author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library.  Dr. Gawande's presentation, broadcast live from Boston and moderated by Robin Young (co-host of NPR's Here and Now), will feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapter in everyone's lives.  The event is free, but REGISTRATION is required.  Please arrive no later than 3:45 pm, as the event will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.  Free parking, with direct access to the auditorium, is available on the lower level of the adjacent parking facility.  TRAIL will host a brief reception following the event.

Joan Schnabel, a local raptor educator, will talk about Iowa Raptors and Raptor Rescue.  When Joan and her husband Jeff moved here two years ago to be closer to grandkids. three raptors  moved with them.  She has since added three more.  She considers these birds to be full partners in Raptology’s Environmental Education programming.  She will talk about specific birds, raptors in general and a little bit about what's involved in feeding housing and caring for the birds.  She will bring some of her birds with her to the presentation.  Wednesday, September 27 at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

In case you missed it:  Gonzo the turkey vulture spread his wings by going into the field of education.  He was one of three live birds that helped Joan Schnabel and Dawn Frary of Raptology teach an audience of 66 at a UIRA raptors program in the Coralville Public Library.  Turkey vultures eat dead things and use their sense of smell to hunt, Schnabel said.  Sarah, a screech owl, and a peregrine falcon named Rachel, who was named in memory of environmentalist and author Rachel Carson, joined Gonzo at the September 27 event.  For more information on Raptology, a group based in Iowa City, call 319-541-4533 or visit its Facebook page.

Erin Thomas-Lewis introduces us to the newly-created UI Center for Advancement:  Who we are and what we want to do.  The UI Center for Advancement is the new name of the recently-combined UI Foundation and UI Alumni Association.  This integrated organization seeks to provide world-class engagement for UI alumni and friends across their life cycle.  The UI Center for Advancement also is the fundraising arm of the UI, with the foundation having recently completed a nearly $2 billion comprehensive campaign, the largest in the history of the state of Iowa, and among the most successful in the nation.  Lynette is the President and CEO of the Center and Erin is the VP for Alumni and Donor Engagement of Center.

In case you missed it:  On Monday, October 9, at the Coralville Library, Ms. Erin Thomas-Lewis, vice president for alumni and donor engagement, reviewed the status and goals of the newly created UI Center for Advancement for UIRA members.  She reviewed the process and collaboration conversations that took place over the past year.  The overlapping missions and shared functions of the alumni association and foundation motivated the discussions that resulted in the new merged UI Center for Advancement. Combined advancement organizations already serve 68% of the higher education institutions across the country.  The months of merger discussions resulted in a tremendous number of ideas that staff is now working to organize, prioritize and implement to better serve the dynamic relationship with the graduates, faculty, friends, and extended circle of supporters of the University of Iowa.

The Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement, while in its infancy, will focus on programming in three ways: Regional, Educational Programs, and Campus/Volunteer Engagement.  None of the staff members of the former alumni association lost their employment and the people working in the new office will not become fundraisers.  The alumni records function is now part of the registrar’s office. Governance, incorporating both boards, is among the details important to establishing the new center.  Thomas-Lewis responded to questions and spoke individually with UIRA members with specific concerns about the future implementation.  She emphasized that details about specific functions are still being determined, but the overall goal to cross-pollinate the dynamic relationship with the many constituents of the university is foremost in this exciting work in progress.

The UIRA Flu Vaccination Clinic, provided by the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 from noon – 2:00 pm at the Coralville Hills Bank (lower level), 1009 Second Street, Coralville.  The clinic includes flu shots, pneumonia shots and high-dose flu shot.  (Pneumonia vaccine is available upon prior request:  please call the VNA office at 319-337-9686 X1155 to reserve your pneumonia vaccine and have it brought to the clinic.)  It is important that you bring your insurance cards with you.  VNA will direct-bill Medicare, Medicare Replacement, Wellmark and other insurance companies for you.  If cash payment is received at the time of the clinic, costs are:  Flu shot $33 | High Dose Flu Shot $56 | Pneumonia PPSV23 $120 | PCV13 $185.  Our clinic also features a mini-fitness screening this year, testing agility, balance, and leg strength.  The screening, which is free, takes only about 5 minutes; past screening results will be available for comparison purposes.  Wear low-heel shoes and comfortable clothes.

Christine H.B. Grant, who was the Women’s Athletic Director at the University of Iowa from 1973 until 2000, will present a short history of Title IX and explore the current status of men and women in intercollegiate sports.  The passage of this federal legislation in 1972 that prohibited discrimination in all educational institutions resulted in massive changes in educational opportunities for girls and women.  It also forced institutions to offer interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic opportunities for girls and women.  While there has been great progress in this area, current data illustrate that discriminatory practices in intercollegiate sport still exist today, 45 years after the passage of Title IX.  Tuesday, 24 October at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

In case you missed it:  Title IX became law in 1972, but gender inequity still exists in sports and in many aspects is getting worse, Christine Grant told us. The retired University of Iowa women’s athletics director spoke to an audience of 57 at a UIRA event in the Coralville Public Library on October 24.  The law covers federally funded education programs and activities, and she summed up its meaning this way: “to treat our daughters as well as we treat our sons.”  But regarding athletics, Grant said, “We’ve seen almost no progress since the year 2000.”  Enforcement has been lacking since that year, she said. Although girls’ participation in high school sports has risen, it is still below the boys’ level of 45 years ago, Grant said.  At NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, Grant noted, from 2005 to 2015 the gap in the annual median total expenses for men’s sports and women’s sports increased from about $7 million to about $17 million.  She suggested that, to boost attendance, women’s events could be marketed as affordable family activities for fans.  To learn more about Title IX, visit this site.

The UIRA University Benefits Informational Session, presented by the University Benefits Office, will be held on November 2 at 2:00 pm at the Parkview Church (15 Foster Road, off Dubuque St.) to discuss the status of current benefits for retirees and answer relevant questions.

Dan McGehee, Director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator Laboratories, will present the history and future of automation in vehicles.  While the Google car steals many headlines, automated systems have been in production for decades.  How these technologies have matured over the years paints an interesting story.  Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 pm in the Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library

As he has done for the past two years, President Harreld will meet with UIRA members to share his look at the past year in the life of the University, on Monday, December at 2 pm in Schwab Auditorium at the the Coralville Public Library.

Professor Nicole M. Grosland will present an overview of the Dept of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering, on Monday, January 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. (3505 Seamans Center).  Following the presentation, Dean Alec Scranton will conduct a tour of the new Engineering Annex .  Dr. Grosland is a graduate of the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the UI, having earned BSE and PhD degrees in 1994 and 1998.  Her teaching and research interests revolve around orthopedic biomechanics.  Her presentation will include specifics about the faculty, staff and students and the research in progress.  Dean Scranton was appointed dean in April 2012 after serving as interim dean and associate dean, and he previously was Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.  The most convenient parking will be in the Old Capitol Parking Ramp entered from Capitol or Clinton Streets.

In case you missed it:  Here is UIRA president Sue Otto's review of the event.  On Monday, January 8, Professor Alec Scranton, Dean of the College of Engineering and UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, gave an excellent introduction to the College of Engineering and talked briefly about the new Engineering Annex and how it reflects the College’s educational and research visions. There were 62 people attending.  The College offers eight degrees, including a new interdisciplinary Engineering-Computer Science degree. He described the ways in which students are supported in the college, including the Student Development Center, in which upper class members mentor undergraduate students.  Reflecting the trend toward active learning and group work, the Annex features collaborative spaces, modern classrooms, a design studio, and computational and research labs and is a very green building (likely to earn LEED Platinum certification).  The hill to the west of the building 
has been redesigned to include bioswales, tiered steps and a curving sidewalk, improving water quality, accessibility and esthetics.

Following Scranton’s presentation, Professor Nicole Grosland, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, gave an overview of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, detailing information about faculty, staff and students and their research. Students engage in yearlong projects to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine.  Professor Grosland spotlighted Marissa Mueller, a Canadian freshman biomedical engineering student and track and field athlete, who spoke briefly to the group about why she came to Iowa and her experience of the university during her first semester. Dean Scranton and Professor Grosland led the tour of the Annex—a stunning light-filled building that is extremely well suited to the current needs of Engineering faculty and students.

Come to Carver-Hawkeye Arena to watch the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets for our UIRA group cost $5 each (discounted from the usual $12 ticket price).  To purchase tickets:  1. Go to hawkeyesports.com/wbasketballtickets; 2. Use promo code UIRA17;   3. Click on Find Tickets;   4. Enter the number of tickets in the box for $5 each;   5. Select the the delivery method;   6. Insert the necessary information: (credit card, email, etc), completing the prompts to finalize your order.  If you have questions or issues when purchasing tickets, please contact Rachael Bedell at 319-384-4299 or e-mail her at rachael-bedell@hawkeyesports.com.  If you have never seen the Iowa women play, you are in for a real treat; so be sure to take advantage of this special event.

UIRA members and everyone is invited to attend a reading by UI Professor Emeritus Carl H. Klaus from his current work-in-progress, In My Eighties: Tales of Aging, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at the Iowa City-Johnson County Senior Center (28 S. Linn St., Iowa City).  Klaus, who has been called “one of the great pioneers in the study of literary nonfiction,” founded the UI Nonfiction Writing Program in 1976.  Within the Iowa City community, Klaus is best known for books such as My Vegetable LoveWeathering WinterTaking Retirement, and Letters to Kate —personal works in the form of diaries and letters that reflect on his life and marriage, gardening and food, work and retirement, and his abiding concern with time, change and mortality.  His latest book is a chronicle of installments written every six months during the past four years.  This talk is co-sponsored by TRAIL of Johnson County and the Senior Center.  The reading is free and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.  Registration is requested at (319)800-90003 or Trailofjohnsoncounty.org/calendar.

Dr. Peter Damiano, director of the UI Public Policy Center and the center’s Health Policy Research Program, will speak at the Coralville Library on February 22 at 2 p.m. concerning the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): what it is and isn’t, alternatives being implemented and what it means for each citizen.  Peter Damiano is a 1986 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry and received his MPH from UCLA.  He is a health services researcher studying access to and quality of primary care services, including dental care.  He is conducting funded studies in the areas of health care reform, health insurance coverage, health disparities and health care for underserved populations.

On Monday, February 26, Professors Lena Hill and Michael Hill will give a special presentation on the Invisible Hawkeyes. This coincides with the special Invisible Hawkeyes:  African American Tastemakers and Pathfinders at the University of Iowa 1930-1970 exhibit in the Gallery Space in the Main Library on campus.  The presentation will be at the Gallery Space in the Main Library at 10:00 AM.
In case you missed it:  review by Sue Otto-  The book Invisible Hawkeyes (a title inspired by Ralph Ellison’s famous 1952 novel Invisible Man that chronicles the struggles of a nameless black man in the racist America of the 50s) is a compelling collection of writings edited by Professors Lena and Michael Hill that brings to light the legacy of African-American students who came to the University of Iowa from the 1930’s until the 1960’s.  During those decades there were a number of factors that attracted graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to the University of Iowa, including the growing reputation of the arts and athletic programs and the fact that Iowa was one of the universities that admitted African-American students.  For their presentation, the Hills spotlighted four of the arts students who came to Iowa to study: Fanny Ellison (theater), Elizabeth Catlett (art), Margaret Walker (poetry/Writers Workshop), and Thomas Pawley (theater).  In their fascinating talk, the Hills sketched brief histories of these African-American students and the UI faculty and administrators who mentored them—among them E. C. Mabie, Paul Engle, and Grant Wood.  The Hills make the case that early on (and before many other institutions of higher education), the University of Iowa began the strenuous endeavor of trying to bridge the chasm of racial divide.  They spoke of a pipeline that brought African-American graduates of HBCUs to Iowa and then led these graduates back to teach at HBCUs after graduating from Iowa.  Their stories are ones of struggle and of courage to persist in working to resolve differences and arrive at an understanding through sharing stories and collaborating with each other.  The presentation was held in the Gallery Space at the UI Main Library where there was a special exhibit—Invisible Hawkeyes: African-American Tastemakers and Pathfinders at the University of Iowa 1930-1970, which ran from February 2 to March 11. If you missed the exhibit, consider getting a copy of Invisible Hawkeyes to learn about this fascinating history.


Dr. Thomas Schulein will address The Changing Face of the Pentacrest on March 14, 2 p.m. at the Coralville Library.  A surprising number of buildings have existed on the Pentacrest, with most of them now long gone.  Dr. Schulein will trace the history of these buildings, how the Pentacrest received its name and some fun stories along the way from 1840 to the present.

In case you missed it:  review by Sue Otto & Nancy Hauserman-  Did you know that, over time, some 19 buildings were constructed on the Pentacrest?   During a March 14 UIRA program at the Coralville Library, Tom Schulein, retired dental professor and Iowa City historian extraordinaire, showed old photographs and maps to illustrate the remarkable history of the four-block area identified on an 1839 Iowa City map as Capitol Square, on which the original territorial capitol of Iowa was built and which became the centerpiece of the University of Iowa campus.  The 19 buildings were: the Capitol building (completed in 1842), South Hall (1863); North Hall (1866); Armory (and Boiler, 1880); Medical Building (1882); Water Closet (a brick “24-holer,” 1884); Weights and Measures and Cannon House; the Science Building (1884; now Calvin Hall); the Observatory (1891); the Horse Barn; Old Dental (1895); the Sheep Shed (aka the Engineering Shed, ~1900); the Ice House; the Livery; Temporary Medical Building (1901); Collegiate Hall (1902, now Schaeffer Hall); Natural History Building (now Macbride Hall, 1908); Physics Hall (now MacClean Hall, 1912); and Jessup Hall (1924). (Exact dates for some structures are unknown.)  Of course, eventually only Old Capitol, Schaeffer Hall, Macbride Hall, MacLean Hall and Jessup Hall remain.  This locale was not always known as the Pentacrest.  In fact, it had been referred to variously as the Old Capitol Campus, University Square, the Central Campus, the Pentagon, and the Five Spot (a name deemed by some to be suggestive of a poker game and, therefore, undignified). In 1924, a contest was held to decide a more fitting name for this area and among the lengthy list of nominees were Hawk’s Nest, the Pent Hawk Campus, The Oblong, Qincunx, The Quintangle, Iowa Green, Old Capitol Plateau and Capitol Crest.  The winner of the contest was reported in the December 19, 1924 issue of The Daily Iowan: “The hotly contested battle over the nomenclature of the Old Capitol and the four buildings surrounding it has finally come to a finish.  ‘Five Spot’ has passed out of existence and hereafter the group will be known as the ‘Pentacrest,’ a name adopted on the strength of a vote of a decided majority.”  Tom Schulein quoted an unknown source that summarizes the development of what we now know as the Pentacrest: “The Pentacrest has evolved since 1839, by accident and design; by the razing of buildings that had outlived their usefulness, by the devastating fires which brought untimely alterations, by the wholesale relocations, and by the careful planning witnessed in the final effect.”  If you go to the UI Library’s online digital archive at http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/ and do a search on “Pentacrest,” you can browse through a wealth of great historical images of the Pentacrest.

The UIRA Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in Coralville.  Photo contest entries will be shown beginning at 11:30, and wine, beer and pop will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the Cash Bar.  In addition to good food and conversation, this meeting is a celebration of everything UIRA —election of officers, business meeting, photo contest winners, service award winners, scholarship award presentation, fellowship with old and new friends and door prizes.  Print and mail in your PDF iconreservation form with your payment (personal check) today, or before the Wednesday, March 28 deadline.
In case you missed it:  The April 6 Annual Meeting at the Radisson in Coralville was attended by more than 100 people and featured the Election of Officers, the Community and University Volunteer Award Winners, the introduction and award to the second annual UIRA student scholarship and the Fourth Annual Travel Photo Awards presentation.  Alice Atkinson presented the award for Outstanding University Service to Valdean Lembke, professor emeritus, Tippie College of Business.  Since retiring in 2001, Val has contributed much time and expertise to several University committees, as well as to a number of community organizations.  Some examples of his
service to the University include membership on the Senior College Committee for 16 years, four as Treasurer; being a member of the Emeritus Faculty Council Board for six years; and serving on the UIRA Budget Committee.  In the community, Val has been on the Old Brick Foundation Board; and the Free Medical and Dental Clinic (FMC) Board.  He has selected FMC as the recipient of the $100 donation given by UIRA in his name as the awardee.  Alice also presented the award for Outstanding Community Service, which was earned by Joyce Summerwill, who retired from UIHC in 1996.  Among her titles, she was the Director of the Department of Patient and Guest Relations; and she is known widely as the founder of Project Art at UIHC.  As with Val Lembke, her post-retirement contributions have served both the community and the university.  A few examples of her work as a community volunteer: she has served on the Riverside Theater Board; the Iowa City Public Library Foundation Program committee.  Joyce has traveled throughout Iowa making presentations to groups about Public Art and has taught classes in Public Art to students in the art school and the law school.  Along with her spouse, Richard, she is the Honorary Chair for the Englert/FilmScene major capitol campaign.  For the UI, she has been on the selection committees for the past, and the upcoming Art Museum director and been a member of the Art Acquisitions Committee.  She has asked that the $100 donation in her name be made to a new organization: Tools and Resources for Active Independent Living (TRAIL).  Val Lembke joins previous University Service Award winners Al Hood, 2015; Eugene Spaziani, 2016; Ed Kottick, 2017. Joyce Summerwill, Community Service Award winner, follows Nancy Lynch, 2015; Nancy Williams, 2016; and Ken Starck, 2017. Recognition plaques are displayed in the Iowa Memorial Union.


Madison Stonewall of LeGrand (near Marshalltown) received the second UIRA Scholarship at the April 2018 Annual Meeting and Luncheon.  She attended the luncheon with her mother, Micki, as guest and expressed her thanks to UIRA for the $1,000 of scholarship assistance.  They are pictured here with President Michael Barron.  In May Madison will be graduating with Honors from the UI with a Human Physiology degree and minors in Spanish and Psychology.  She enjoys travelling and has spent time in Spain, Peru, Switzerland, France and Germany.  At the UI she is on the executive board for both the Order of Omega Honors Fraternity (secretary) and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club (director of careers and professionalism).  She is a volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic and works part-time at UIHC as a Nursing Assistant.  Madison has been involved in dance since age three and she has been part if the UI Dance Club for three years. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and held a position on the executive council in the past.  After graduation, Madison will take a gap year, work fulltime, and apply to grad schools for physician assistant programs.  She has a twin sister attending Iowa State University and an older sister who is a pharmacist.

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz will speak on Stranger in a Strange Land: Personal and Philosophical Reflections of an EU National in Brexit-Referendum Britain, at 2 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at E. Jean Schwab Auditorium, Coralville Public Library.  Refreshments will be served.  Rabbi Hugenholtz is the new Rabbi for Congregation Agudas Achim in Iowa City.  She was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but spent the majority of her childhood in southern Spain.  After completing her high school education, she moved back to the Netherlands where she obtained her M.Sc. (Master of Science) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of non-Western Societies from the University of Amsterdam.  She studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel, and was an E. Levinas Fellow at Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden.  She completed the first two years of her rabbinical training at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and interned as a Rabbinic Fellow at the American Jewish University.  She completed the remaining three years of her rabbinical training at Leo Baeck College in London, UK, and was ordained a rabbi with this seminary in 2013.  Before coming to Iowa City she served as the Associate Rabbi at Sinai Synagogue in Leeds, UK.
In case you missed it: Describing herself as “just a rabbi,” Esther Hugenhoulz shared her personal perspective as a true European Union (EU) national at the May 10 UIRA program at the Coralville Library.  She titled her presentation “Stranger in a Strange Land: Personal and Philosophical Reflections of a EU National on the Brexit Referendum in Britain” and at the conclusion the more than 60 attendees gave her a standing ovation.  The experiences and impressions she shared were a mini-tutorial in what it means to have grown up as a EU citizen and experienced the reality of the 2016 UK Referendum that resulted in the vote to leave the EU.  Rabbi Hugenholtz and her family are Dutch citizens, also EU nationals.  She spent most of her childhood in southern Spain.  Living in London and Yorkshire, UK, from 2010 to 2016, she enjoyed the multiculutural, internationalist perspective there despite being part of a minority faith.  She did not focus on Brexit before the election, but she described a level of shock with the shift in personal interactions that were part of thesea change.  Her Judaic perspective “You shall love the stranger” was challenged in the reality post Brexit.  From Rabbi Hugenholtz’s perspective being a EU citizen is very positive.  She described the advantages of EU citizenship and the rights of movement and trade that are part of it.  The UK always had a certain Euro-skepticism retaining its own currency and having political leaders and parties challenged continued membership in the EU.  She described the rather casual attitude taken by former Prime Minister David Cameron as he proposed the Brexit vote, never planning or expecting a vote to leave the EU.  The vote to leave the EU engendered a blizzard of severe future economic, regulatory, tariff, tax and political decisions including decisions such as a “hard” or “soft” exit and the status of British citizens living in EU countries and EU citizens living in the UK.  Following the vote, she described she felt the country being torn apart.  Not just EU migrants but young vs. old, urban vs. rural and a sense of no kindness and no gratitude.  She described the growing nationalism in other European countries.  Rabbi Hugenholtz and her family came to Iowa City last year for her position as leader of Agudas Achim Jewish Congregation.  While grateful for their move to America, she noted trends here that are part of a global phenomenon—super polarized positions.  She stressed that in the Jewish tradition how people relate to each other is important and it is important to talk, live and love each other.  She concluded that what people have to share with each other as human beings is free.

The Annual UIRA Picnic will happen on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at The Lodge at Terry Trueblood Park, 579 McCollister Blvd.  Easiest potluck picnic ever!!  Just bring a dish to share (salad, veggie or dessert to serve six).  UIRA provides the rest — table service, chicken, veggie lasagna and drinks.  This annual event is a great time to see friends before the hectic summer months set in.  Reservations are not required!  The Lodge is air-conditioned and the path around the park beckons.

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2017-18 sessions of the Sports Forum at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., Iowa City.  The informal discussions of Hawkeye sports and other sports topics are held Monday mornings from 9 to 10 until the end of the college basketball season, except when the Senior Center is closed for holidays (such as Labor Day).  Guest speakers are often featured.  The sessions, in the Assembly Room, are free and open to the public.  For more information, call George Sauerberg at (319) 430-0996.  The most convenient parking ramp is the Tower Place Parking Ramp.  A skywalk at level 3-A connects the ramp to the second floor of the Senior Center.

UIRA is happy to co-post information on the  Emeritus Faculty Council lectures series, each at 101 BBE (Biology Building East), at 4 pm.
          The Fall 2017 schedule is
14 September (Thursday)   Gary Gussin (Biology)  Ways to Turn Genes On and Off:  Interactions of Proteins with DNA and Each Other
3 October (Tuesday)   Eric Forsythe (Theatre Arts)  Directing Comedy in Unfunny Times
7 November (Tuesday)   Ed Kottick (Music)  Flowers, Floozies, Fripperies, and Finishes:  A Fleet Frolic Through Harpsichord Decoration   
7 December (Thursday)  William Albrecht (Economics)  Confessions of an Erstwhile Regulator 
          Spring 2018 offers
25 January (Thursday)  Evan Fales (Philosophy)  What on Earth is the Bible Talking About?  (2520 UCC)
8 March (Thursday)  Ekhard Ziegler (Pediatrics)  Infant Nutrition at Iowa
10 April (Tuesday) Ronald Ettinger (Dentistry)  How Do the Medicines You Take Affect Your Oral Health and What to Do about It?
3 May (Thursday) John Westefeld (Education)  Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

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