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Release: Feb. 21, 2002

Babb to discuss Nicaraguan gender and cultural politics Feb. 25

Florence Babb, University of Iowa professor of anthropology and women's studies, will offer a slide presentation based on her new book published in November, "After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in the International Center Lounge. The event, part of the International Mondays lecture series, is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be served.

Babb currently serves as the chair of the University of Iowa department of anthropology and has written widely in the areas of Latin American and feminist anthropology. She will discuss how Nicaragua is remembered nearly a quarter century after the Sandinista revolution triumphed and a dozen years after opposition parties regained government control. She will also explore how Nicaraguans themselves reflect on their collective past and how that past is imagined in the United States and the rest of the world.

Babb has made more than a dozen trips to Nicaragua in the past decade in order to track some of the changes following the 1990 elections, when the Sandinistas lost to a coalition of opposition parties. She has focused on the effects of the transition from socialist-oriented to neoliberal economic policy on low-income women workers in the capital city of Managua, but she has also followed emergent social movements and the broadly changing political culture in the country. Her presentation will touch on these developments of the past decade.

International Mondays is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

Women's Center sponsors workshop on menstrual, reproductive health

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will sponsor a lecture and workshop on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5 to address attitudes about menstruation and women's reproductive health care.

Geneva Kachman, co-founder of Menstrual Monday ( will be the speaker. The mission of Menstrual Monday is "to create a sense of fun around menstruation; to encourage women to take charge of their menstrual and reproductive health care; to create greater visibility of menstruation in film, print, music, and other media; and to enhance honesty about menstruation in our relationships."

The lecture-performance will be held on Monday, March 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 101 Biology Building East on the UI campus. Members of Iowa City's Graffiti Theater will join Geneva Kachman on stage for a performance and reading. Following the event, a reception will be held at the Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison Street.

On Tuesday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m., Kachman will lead a workshop at the Women's Center entitled "Make Your Own Items from the Menstrual Monday Kit." All supplies for the workshop will be provided, and there is no charge to attend. Information on the organization's ad design contest, "The Future of Menstrual Product Advertising: Menstrual Chic at Last?" will be available at the workshop. Participants can drop in anytime during the 4-hour time period.

For more information about these events, or to request an accommodation to participate, call (319) 335-1486.

Women's Center to offer 'Planning a Rally for Social Change'

The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will offer "Planning a Rally for Social Change," a workshop for event organizers, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Lucas-Dodge Room of the Iowa Memorial Union

The facilitator for the seminar will be Laurie Haag, program developer at the Center. She has extensive experience in planning events such as "Take Back the Night," the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival and the ADA Parade and Celebration. In the workshop, Haag says, "We'll cover issues including defining the event's purpose, planning and logistics, media and publicity and other concerns. Rallies set the public's image of our social movements; we need to organize them mindfully."

There is a $10 fee for the workshop; some scholarships are available. To register for the workshop or to request an accommodation to attend, call the Women's Resource and Action Center at (319) 335-1486.