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IWP: Four decades of providing environment for expression

The International Writing Program resides within the Shambaugh House, located at Clinton and Fairchild streets. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

When Paul Engle originally was presented with the idea of starting a program for international writers at The University of Iowa, he was a bit skeptical to say the least.

But Engle, who at that point had just retired from a quarter-century run as director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, soon warmed to the idea, and was persistent in his pursuit to give it a try. In 1967, he got his wish, and the International Writing Program was born.

Now, with a week of activities planned to celebrate the program's 40th anniversary, the IWP remains a unique project in world literature, a “United Nations of writing” that makes The University of Iowa synonymous with writing throughout the world.


Because of the increased sexual assaults in the Iowa City community, it is important for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to take a proactive approach to end the attacks, according to University of Iowa President Sally Mason.

“We all have the power to reduce our risk for assault,” Mason remarked at the Women’s Safety Forum at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on Sept. 12.

The University offers a number of resources and courses on sexual assault risk reduction, risk avoidance, and self-defense. Both men and women can use these safety tips and most of these resources.




  • Old Capitol Museum to present exhibit about history of creative writing at The University of Iowa
  • University designated a Gold Level Well Workplace
  • Ida Beam Scholar to discuss U.S.-Cuban relations, democracy in Latin America
  • Leaders break ground for Institute for Biomedical Discovery
  • UI Civic Engagement Program to focus on environmental awareness and action
  • Call for Improving Our Workplace Award nominations
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Pathological gambling has "serious repercussions"
  • UI engineer Raghavan nets $2.74 million NIH grant to study brain aneurysms

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  • Rocklin named University of Iowa vice provost
  • David Braun named director of UI Student Health Services
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: A healthy dose of the west side of campus

Some call it "the other side of the river"; others refer to it as the Health Sciences Campus. With its unique buildings and scenic social areas, we think everyone will find common ground in a description of the area: picturesque.

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Cathy Fountain
When starting a new job or taking the next step in an academic career, a person has plenty of stresses, and moving ranks near the top of that list. Cathy Fountain, program assistant in the UI business manager's office, is here to help—she coordinates moving arrangements for some faculty and staff, and short-term housing for visiting faculty, artists, researchers, and scholars. Fountain sat down with fyi to discuss her work at the University.




“You are one of the millions of people who sit at a computer all day. Every hour you have 10 minutes where you’re not doing anything productive at work, and you can’t look at porn. So you make a comment and fulfill this desire to show yourself off as a smarty-pants.”

Marshall Poe
(New York Times, Sept. 30)

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