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Release: Nov. 2, 2000

Women's Center offers workshop on socially responsible purchasing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A workshop entitled "Using Our Money Wisely: Taking Social Responsibility to the Market" will be Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The Women's Resource and Action Center, together with the Iowa Women's Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library, will sponsor the event.

The facilitator will be Diane Finnerty, diversity resources coordinator for the Office of Affirmative Action at the University of Iowa. Finnerty also teaches international business as an adjunct faculty member in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

This thought-provoking workshop will address shopping issues just in time for upcoming holiday spending. Topics include strategies to help determine whether one's purchases reflect personal values, the effect consumer demand has on the environment and the impact consumers have on their economies when they shop locally. This discussion will heighten awareness regarding consumers' collective and individual influence. The second part of the workshop will be presented in a question-and-answer format in order to personalize this information for participants.

The workshops in this series are developed for women; however, men are also welcome to attend. The workshop is designed for participants of all income levels and financial goals. Seating and materials for this workshop are limited, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Upcoming workshops in the series include "Investment Strategies," on Jan. 25, 2001 and "Women and Taxes," Feb. 15. All workshops will be held at the Iowa City Public Library. To register for any workshop in the series or for more information, contact the Iowa Women's Foundation at (319) 337-4222 or e-mail

Recreational Services offers rock climbing trip

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Recreational Services Touch of Earth Program is offering a guided rock-climbing trip to the Red River Gorge, Ky. over Thanksgiving break, Nov. 22-26.

The cost of the trip is $300, which includes transportation, meals, equipment, instruction, and permits.

Registration has already begun at the Recreational Services office E. 216 Field House, and the number of participants is limited to six. For more information, call (319) 335-9293.

UI graduate wins marketing teaching assistant award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Kohout, a former University of Iowa business student, was awarded the M. Bhanu Murthy Memorial Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Kohout received the award at a ceremony at the Pappajohn Business Building Oct. 5. A check for $250 and a certificate were presented to Kohout. A committee of UI marketing faculty gave the award based on students' input on the quality and commitment to teaching. She taught introduction to marketing classes last academic year as a teaching assistant.

Kohout is a native of Iowa City and graduated with an MBA in May 2000. She currently works for the AMD Corporation in Austin, Texas. For more information, contact Professor Gary Russell at (319) 335-1013.

Women's Center offers workshop on using forum theatre for social change

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center will host a workshop entitled "Social Action and the Arts: Using Forum Theatre as a Method of Social Change" on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Minnesota Room, Iowa Memorial Union.

In this workshop, the next in the Center's ongoing Social Change Training Program, participants will learn introductory theatre exercises and games from the "Theatre of the Oppressed." This revolutionary theatre form uses audience participation to generate ideas and actions to overcome societal oppressions. Participants will work in small groups to develop scenarios that reflect their shared experiences. Scenes will be presented at a forum on Saturday evening.

Forum Theatre was developed by Augusto Boal, a Brazilian who has spent much of his life working to empower people who have suffered oppression. Boal is a theatre director, politician, dramatist, theorist, writer and teacher. He is the author of "Theatre of the Oppressed: Games for Actors and Non-Actors," "Rainbow of Desire," and "Legislative Theatre."

The workshop will be facilitated by members of Graffiti Theatre, an Iowa City-based theatre company that performs throughout the Midwest. Graffiti Theatre is devoted to sharing stories that would otherwise remain untold and unheard. Focusing on topics particular to gender, its goal is to speak to the experience of girls and women in today's society and provoke fresh ideas from the familiar.

There is a $25 registration fee to attend the workshop; scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact the Women's Resource & Action Center at (319) 335-1486.