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College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Eighth Annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture

Paula Fouce, producer and director of No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story, will introduce this 2015 documentary feature film and then conduct a question-answer session following the screening. This will be the first screening of the film in the Midwest.

No Asylum is based on more than 70 recently discovered documents, including letters written by Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father, that detail the desperate efforts of a loving father to save his family from the murderous clutches of the Nazis and his failure to find a safe haven for his family.  Otto’s letters and the U.S. State Department responses paint a picture of the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees--a story that has important implications for responses to today's international refugee crisis.

Paula Fouce is the producer/director of seven films, including Not in God's Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama (2007) and Song of the Dunes: Search for the Original Gypsies (2009).


Midwest International Piano Competition

The School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition. Join us for the second celebration of this biennial, global piano competition. The event, boasting $25,000 in prizes, is open to outstanding youth and professional performing pianists and audience enthusiasts. The finals concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10. The finals concert and receptions for the senior category will feature the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Tickets for both finals concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading. For more information, visit

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Jason Bradford

The Deartment of Languages and Literatures will celebrate the life and work of Jason Bradford, M.A. '12. Jason was a talented poet and a gifted scholar, who spoke at UNI last summer as part of the North American Review Bicentennial Conference. He was the author of the poetry chapbook, "The Inhabitants," and a poetry co-editor at Ecotone. He will be remembered by his teachers and friends, who will read selected works from his published and unpublished writings.

Thesis defense

Jordan Young, M.S in biology candidate, will defend her thesis "Effects of soil type and plant diversity on soil respiration and litter decomposition in a tallgrass prairie biofuel production system."

UNI/AEA 267 Regional Physics Competition

The Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition. High school students from Cedar Falls, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Fairbank, Gilbertville, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Janesville, Jesup, La Porte City, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Traer, Tripoli, Waterloo, Winthrop and other area schools are expected to participate.

The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive physics events for high school students in grades 9-12. The competition stresses creativity and ingenuity as well as understanding of physics related principles and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Events include catapult, mousetrap car, toothpick bridge, soda straw arm and challenge problem. 

Regional winners and runners-up advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition hosted by the Department of Physics and held on April 12, 2016 at the McLeod Center. 

Gary Dop poetry reading

Gary Dop will read from his collection of poems "Father, Child, Water." Dop was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize by the 37th Annual Great Plains Writers Conference. His poems have appeared in dozens of national and international journals. He is an English professor at Randolph College. 


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