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StoryCorps project preserves personal stories from University's historic floods

After living through last summer’s floods, many people never want to think about them again. But in offices, colleges, and departments around campus, people have been meticulously saving data from the floods, knowing that by revisiting those grim days it will be possible to learn ways to protect the University and community in the future.

Nancy L. Baker, University Librarian, had a similar impulse. She, along with the Libraries’ public relations coordinator Kristi Bontrager, thought first-person storytelling would be an ideal way to preserve flood memories. They invited StoryCorps to campus to record flood stories.

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The University of Iowa will commemorate the anniversary of the historic flood of 2008 on Monday, June 15, at Old Capitol Museum with displays of flood-related photographs and research, audio excerpts from the StoryCorps project, remarks by University officials and guests, musical performances, and refreshments.

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Photo feature: Images from the flood, and the here and now

fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen revisited some of the scenes captured by Office of University Relations photographers during last year's flood—see the subtle and staggering differences.

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Researchers, staff rise to grant proposal challenge

The University and surrounding communities this week are marking the flood of ’08. But fewer folks know about the flood of ’09, a moniker jokingly applied by the staff of the Office of the Vice President for Research to a veritable inundation by grants.

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Hancher Auditorium's 2009–10 performing arts menu is the first season organized in the absence of a headquarters facility—as a result, an "uncontained season" will be presented in 11 locations, including venues in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Chicago, and Riverside, as well as the University of Iowa campus and Iowa City.

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