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Release: March 1, 2001

Award-winning author Lesleá Newman will speak on Jewish lesbian/gay identity

Lesleá Newman, an award-winning author, will speak on the topic, "You Can't Be a Lesbian--You're Jewish! at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Aliber/Hillel Jewish Student Center, at 122 E. Market St. The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the event.

Newman has written novels, short stories, poetry, and children's books. She will read from her short story, "A Letter to Harvey Milk", about the encounter between a lesbian writing instructor and an elderly Holocaust survivor. The story, together with excerpts of her other writing, will lead into a discussion of issues of Jewish identity and lesbian/gay identity: where the two intersect and where they collide.

On Friday, March 2, at 8 pm, Newman will read from her works at Prairie Lights bookstore. For more information, contact Ellen Gantz at 338-0778,


Adrien Wing will discuss 'Future of Israel and Palestine'

University of Iowa College of Law professor Adrien Wing will lead a discussion, "The Future of Israel and Palestine: South African Apartheid or Democracy?" at 7:30 p.m. today (March 1), in the Richey Ballroom (Room 376) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture will take into account how the recent Israeli elections, under new Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, will affect peace between Palestine and Israel. Wing suggests Palestinians may end up with an apartheid-like state, if they get a state at all.

The lecture is sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, Iowans for Peace with Iraq, and the General Union of Palestine Students, with support from the UI Student Government.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Muslim Students Association call (319) 358-1989.


Spring Thieves' Market returns to IMU March 3-4

The spring Thieves' Market takes place March 3-4 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa. The market is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Thieves' Market, held twice each year, brings hundreds of artists from all over the Midwest and beyond to compete to exhibit and sell their work. During the March 3-4 show, more than 70 artists are expected to exhibit and sell their original work in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, drawing, jewelry, and other wares.

One piece, the "Patron Prize," will be selected and given away at the end of the Market; no purchase is required.

The Thieves Markets are coordinated and sponsored by the UI Fine Arts Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Arts at the UI.


Medicus sponsors American Red Cross blood drive

Medicus, the undergraduate premedical society at the University of Iowa, will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5 at the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is being held to celebrate the month of March as Red Cross Month.

Persons wishing to donate blood must be healthy, at least 17 years of age, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Appointments can be made by calling Medicus at (319) 335-1127.

Red Cross Month recognizes Red Cross volunteers and America's more than 6 million blood donors nationwide.


Small business development center offers tax seminar

The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a small business tax workshop on Thursday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. in Iowa City.

The workshop will cover the different forms of businesses and their tax implications, the difference between employees and independent contractors, when to withhold employee taxes and how to prevent tax problems. Additional topics include deductible business expenses, health insurance deductions for the self-employed, payroll taxes and record keeping.

The morning session will focus on basic Internal Revenue Service requirements and the afternoon session will cover employee taxes. A certified public accountant and counselors from the Small Business Development Center will be present to answer any questions the attendees might have.

The workshop is free and includes three participant manuals on basic IRS requirements, employment taxes and record keeping.

For more information on the workshop or to register call (319) 335-3742 or email