Category Archives: Iowa Alumni Magazine

Star Trek filmmaker on UI: ‘This is the place that shaped me’

Writer, director, and producer Nicholas Meyer, 68BA, is pictured at the University of Iowa Main Library’s current exhibit, “50 Years of Star Trek.”

Before it was the director’s chair in Hollywood, it was the seats of Iowa City’s movie theaters.

As a University of Iowa student, Nicholas Meyer wrote film reviews for the Daily Iowan, publishing some 400 columns before he…

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The Perfect Age

Editor’s Note: According to a recent online poll by Harris Interactive, the average American adult ranks 50 as the best year of life. In this month’s edition of Iowa Alumni Magazine, we asked people in all different stages of life what the perfect age is for them. Here are some of our favorite responses:

“I’m liking 40 a lot. Old enough to…

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Special Collections

Editor’s Note: Last month, Iowa Alumni Magazine brought you the story of former UI professor Earl Rose, who served as Dallas County medical examiner when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. While Secret Service agents prepared to whisk the president’s body back to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One, Rose argued—unsuccessfully—that he was legally compelled to…

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Keeping You Connected

Every year, alumni tell us the most important service we can provide is to keep them well informed about the latest news and events from the University of Iowa and UI Alumni Association. Alumni want to know about the university’s achievements and the UIAA’s upcoming events, and also want to connect with fellow graduates from around the world.

At the UIAA,…

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Problems in Prisons

Editor’s Note: The following appears in the UI Alumni Association’s June edition of Iowa Alumni Magazine.

Though the Iowa Department of Corrections has one of the country’s lowest recidivism rates, 30.8 percent of inmates return to prison within three years of discharge. Recidivism rates are even greater among the many prisoners with mental illness, who often lack sufficient treatment services in…

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The Last Flight of Petr Ginz: Behind the Scenes

This month’s Iowa Alumni Magazine feature article discusses how University of Iowa alumnus Churchill Roberts came to tell the story of Petr Ginz, an inspiring young boy killed in the Holocaust. Read more about what went into the making of Roberts’ latest documentary, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, in this Iowa Alumni Magazine exclusive:

Standing in a former concentration camp…

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Documenting History

This month’s Iowa Alumni Magazine feature article chronicles how Churchill Roberts, 72PhD, came to make his latest documentary The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. In the film, he evocatively depicts how a young dreamer courageously did what he did best until his untimely end while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Since his graduation Roberts has dedicated his…

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Oprah’s Choice

Source: Iowa Alumni Magazine – February 2013
Author: Shelbi Thomas

Newsmaker: Ayana Mathis, 11MFA
Oprah’s Choice

Why was she in the news?

Ayana Mathis thought the day that her debut novel was accepted for publication would be the best of her life. Then she received the call from Oprah Winfrey.

At first, Mathis, 11MFA, thought it was a joke. But then she heard the voice of…

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A Tribute to Street

The Iowa men’s basketball team will never forget the legend of Chris Street. On January 19, 1993, an unprecedented wave of sorrow swept across Iowa. Chris Street, a gifted Hawkeye basketball player from Indianola, died that evening when his car collided with a snowplow following a team dinner in north Iowa City.

The tragedy left an entire state in shock. The…

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It’s Complicated

The Newtown massacre of innocent young children has left our nation reeling—and searching for answers. Citizens look for those answers in gun control, the mental health care system, and in exposure to the violent images often found in video games and movies. Last year, after Jared Loughner’s rampage in Tucson, Iowa Alumni Magazine writers pursued a story about…

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