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Release: April 12, 2001

Ringer to speak about local health organization

LaKeetha M. Ringer will speak on "A Community's Approach to Promoting Health," Monday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The event, part of the International Mondays lecture series, is free and open to the public and includes a free international lunch.

Ringer is president and CEO of Eagles' Flight, Inc., a community-based non-profit organization in Iowa City, which provides social and human services to families in Johnson County, including child care, youth activities and health-related services. She is the pastor of Victory Temple Apostolic Church of God in Iowa City, and also the executive director of the Victory Temple Minority Women's Health Initiative, a health advocacy and health promotion and prevention program. Through the Initiative, which focuses on healing the inner-self, women and girls of color receive information about health and some health care services. Her lecture will focus on her work with Eagles' Flight and the Women's Health Initiative.

The International Mondays seminar series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information, call Akua Akyea, at (319) 335-0345 or Fairouz Abu-Ghazaleh at (319) 335-1442.

Cuban author to speak at UI April 20, 23

Cuban author Antonio Jose Ponte will visit the University of Iowa to read from his work and to speak about Cuban literature. On Friday, April 20, Ponte will read from his fiction and poetry at 3:30 p.m. in Room 315, Philips Hall. On Monday April 23, Ponte will speak about, "Cuba: la revolucion dentro del cuento," at 2 p.m. in the Schaeffer Hall Common Room. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Ponte is the award-winning author of several books of poetry and collections of short stories, all focused on life in his native Cuba. His visit to the UI is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the department of Spanish and Portuguese. For further information or to request an accommodation to attend the events, contact Blythe Burkhardt at 335-1436.

UI graduate student to teach 6th grade class about the Mayan culture

Luis Toscano, a University of Iowa MBA student from Mexico, will visit Kirkwood Elementary School from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 19, to teach 6th grade students about the Mayan culture. This visit is arranged by the International Classroom Program (ICP).

ICP arranges for UI international students to visit area classrooms and speak about their cultures, in order to challenge American stereotypes of foreigners, enliven studies in geography, history, literature and the social sciences, and enable foreign visitors to gain a better understanding of the United States.

Photographers and videographers are welcome. Kirkwood Elementary School is located at 1401 9th Street in Coralville. Visitors should go to the main office to be guided to Susan Thomas' classroom. For more information, contact ISB Coordinator Karina Danielsen at (319) 335-1442.