College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
Ellen McLaughlin’s fresh, fast-paced comedy, inspired by the Aristophanes play, follows Lysistrata, an Athenian housewife, who calls for the women of Greece to help end the Peloponnesian War. She proposes a radical plan: all Greek women must refuse to engage in lovemaking until the men see reason, lay down their arms and come home to lay down with their wives in peace. The women agree to make the sacrifice and pandemonium ensues as men wander the country in an agony of unsatisfied lust. Will Lysistrata and her crew accomplish what the politicians could not?
To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Feminist Action League is hosting a screening of the documentary film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Half the Sky is based on the book of the same title written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
The documentary , as PBS describes, is “filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.”
Donations to benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence will also be collected at the screening. Feminist Action League is holding a donation drive for Cedar Valley Friends of the Family and will be collecting NEW sweat pants, t-shirts, bras, underwear, and socks. Donations can also be dropped off in the Women’s and Gender Studies office (Sabin 225) from 9:00am to 4:00pm throughout the month of October.
Dr. Melanie Sanford, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, will present "Tackling Global Challenges in Sustainable Chemistry Using Transition Metal Catalysis". Dr. Sanford is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (The "Genius Award") for her research on activating carbon-hydrogen bonds in her palladium catalyst system.
UNI jazz combos, coordinated by Chris Merz and graduate assistant directors, will offer a concert featuring jazz standards and new arrangements. This event is free and open to the public.
Goché received his master of architecture from Iowa State University and is senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design. He is co-investigator and author of "Guidelines for Spatial Regeneration in Iowa." His sculpture, titled "Water Hutch," was recently featured in Iowa Architect magazine. This lecture is presented in association with the UNI Gallery of Art exhibition titled "Line and Space: Stagings by Peter P. Goché."
Dr. Kate Lavelle, communications studies, will present “Playing Like a Man – Representations of Gender and Athleticism in Sports." Open to faculty, staff, students and community members free of charge.
The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for All-State competition. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. To register, please call (319) 273-2025.
The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a reading by poet, James Cihlar, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 28, in Baker 161 on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.
James Cihlar is the author of the poetry books Rancho Nostalgia (Dream Horse Press, 2013), Undoing (Little Pear Press, 2008) and chapbook Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House Press). His writing has been published in the American Poetry Review, The Awl, Court Green, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Lambda Literary Review, and Forklift, Ohio.
Join us as exceptional School of Music faculty artists and student ensembles illustrate the excellence of the music program at UNI! The 31st Annual Scholarship Benefit concert will celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the School of Music at UNI, and will feature music by faculty artists John Hines, Sean Botkin and Randy Grabowski, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the UNI Opera Ensemble, Jazz Band One, UNI Singers, Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorus and the Varsity Men’s Glee Club. Proceeds from the concert benefit scholarships for current School of Music students. This event is ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.
Visit the UNI Observatory to learn about the objects in the night sky and view the planets through the Earth Science telescope. Free and open to the public. Meet near the polar bear outside of 137 McCollum Science Hall before 9 p.m. Late arrivals will not be admitted.