International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Gala
IWP: Five Decades of Bringing the World to Iowa

Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 6pm

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On Wednesday, October 11, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa is celebrating a milestone, and we would love to be joined by friends and supporters, near and far. 

The 50th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser will feature readings and addresses by prominent IWP alumni Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania, ’99), Ya Hsien (Taiwan, ’67), Bi Feiyu (China, ’06), and Lorna Goodison (Jamaica, ’83). 

A multilingual sound and dance performance, based on Walt Whitman’s verse, will showcase an original composition by Jean-François Charles and choreography by George de la Peña. 

And there will be a silent auction and dishes from five continents. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Each table will be joined by two visiting writers from around the world. 

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This event is a fundraiser: an estimated $75 from each individual ticket purchased is a tax-deductible donation. Dress code: Semi-formal. For additional information, call (319) 512-1147 or visit the IWP's 50th Anniversary Website

To avoid online service fees, you may also purchase tickets by phone: (319) 467-3485, or by check: payable to "International Writing Program" and mailed to: Haley Rosendahl, The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244. Please include with check your home address, dietary restrictions, email, and name(s) of attendee(s)

Iowa Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Ballroom

125 N Madison St
Iowa City, IA 52240