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August 12, 2004

Author discribes immigrant experience,
cultural changes

Author Andre Aciman will discuss the writing process he used to translate his immigrant experiences and Andre Aciman feelings of cultural loss into his memoir, Out of Egypt, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Aciman, who teaches in the French department at the City University of New York Graduate College, was born in Alexandria, Egypt. His memoir is an account of his Jewish-Turkish-Italian family's life in Alexandria. The book has been called a "classic memoir of modern Jewish life" by the New York Times.

Aciman also authored False Papers (14 essays that explore themes of identity, home and exile) and a collection of essays called Letters of Transit.

Following his talk, he will be joined by John Monroe, assistant professor of history, for a public interview.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

Cox play Aug. 29

Clara Schumann: Liebe und Leben, an original play by Jane Cox, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in the Recital Hall, Music Building.

(From left) Jane Cox, Mary Creswell and Sue

(From left) Jane Cox, Mary Creswell and Sue Haug.
Contributed photo.

Clara Schumann was the wife of composer Robert Schumann, who died in 1856 age 46 in an asylum, probably from syphilis.

"The life of Clara Schumann was filled with tremendous joy and great tragedy," Cox said. "Through it all she raised seven children, was a loving wife and mother, a composer, and a famous concert pianist."

This is a return engagement of Clara Schumann and again features Cox in the title role, and Sue Haug, chair of the department of music, as Clara the concert pianist. Mary Creswell, assistant professor of music and mezzo-soprano, assists.

The production is free.

Aili Mu

Short-shorts popular in China

Aili Mu, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, and two colleagues are compiling a bilingual edition of "short-short" stories.

Short-short stories are a subgenre of Chinese fiction, about 1,500 to 3,000 (Chinese) characters in length. Mu said thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and Web sites in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan publish these stories.

Short-shorts "reflect what is happening in China at the most fundamental level in the daily experiences of its people," Mu said.

Mu, along with Howard Goldblath, Notre Dame University, Indiana, and Julie Chiu, Lingnam University, Hong Kong, received a $75,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to compile the anthology.

Nutcracker audition Sept. 12

Auditions for the Iowa State Center's annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Stephens. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m.

Dancers must be at least 8 years old and should wear a leotard, tights, and ballet or pointe shoes. Participants should park in lot B-3 and enter through the stage door on the southeast side of the building.

The audition schedule is:

  • Noon-3 p.m., children for the roles of Fritz and friends, Clara and friends, Indian boys, Mother Ginger's children, angels, soldiers, mice, Russians and puppets.
  • 3-4 p.m., adults for roles of first act party guests and maids.
  • 4-7 p.m., ballet dancers (pointe and non-pointe) for roles of dolls, flutes, flower soloists, flowers, snowflakes, and international roles.

For more information, call Robert Thomas, 233-3609.

All You Can Eat

"All You Can Eat," a montage exhibit by artist Sandy Dyas, will be on display in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room through Oct. 17.


The Workspace, in the Memorial Union basement, offers various short-term classes, ranging from pottery to tango, for faculty, staff and students. Above, Angie Girard (seated) and Lisa Kratz work on a stained glass project while instructor Sara Antion looks on. Contributed photo.