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Race relations is focus of town meeting Feb. 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Community members are invited to a public town meeting to discuss race relations in Iowa City and Coralville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library as part of a University of Iowa community initiative to celebrate human rights.

"Town Meeting: Race Relations in Iowa City/Coralville" will feature a panel of community and UI activists who will provide different perspectives on the issue. Audience participation is encouraged.

The session, sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and the Iowa City/Coralville Divers-Cities Team, is free and open to the public.

The town meeting is one event in a series of activities being held as part of the UI's "Global Focus: Human Rights 98." The interdisciplinary initiative marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was signed Dec. 10, 1948.

Panelists for the town meeting include Pastor Reginald Blount of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; Coralville dentist Benita Hernandez Caldwell; the Rev. Jason Chen of United Campus Ministries; Marian Coleman, educational equity director for the Iowa City Community School District; Jodi Gibson of Juvenile Court Services for the Sixth Judicial District; Iowa City attorney Mark Meyer; and Judy Morrison, chair of the UI Human Rights Commission and a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Committee on Diversity.

The panel will be moderated by Alison Ames Galstad, professor and the affirmative action officer at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. She is a member of the Iowa City/Coralville Divers-Cities Team and the past chair of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.