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Release: Jan. 8, 2002

Photo: Actor Danny Glover.

Human Rights Week Features Celebration, Convocation, Actors

The University of Iowa will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Kick-Off Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 16 followed by a Community Convocation on Monday, Jan. 21. The events are highlights of M.L.K., Jr. Human Rights Week (Jan. 16 — 29), which promotes respect for mankind and this year features a series of conferences, theatrical and other on-campus activities, including a Jan. 28 public lecture by actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice.

The convocation will be delivered at 7 p.m. by Nancy Humbles, Assistant Director of Advising, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Undergraduate Programs in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The UI has held a convocation since1968, and beginning in 1993, the UI expanded its observance to include a week of activities open to the public and free of charge.

Glover and Justice have previously paired elsewhere to present "An Evening with Martin and Langston," a performance and theatrical reading of selected works by King and poet Langston Hughes. The duo will read at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan 28 at Hancher Auditorium. Tickets are free, but limited to two per person, and available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the UI Box Office or at Hancher Auditorium.

Other highlights of the two-week period include "Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions on the September Attacks", a Jan 25-26 academic and artistic conference that pays tribute to the Sept. 11 bombings and its aftermath. Panels include discussions on bioterrorism, civil liberties, foreign relations, and interfaith dialogue related to last year's attacks. Congressman James Leach is the slated keynote speaker, and he will be joined in the discussions by famed choreographer Bill T. Jones; Mary Gilchrist, director of the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory; Christopher Rossi, lecturer in International Law, UI College of Law; and Christopher Merrill, director, International Writing Program, among others.

The conference is organized by the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry, an interdisciplinary program that fosters communication across the disciplines, and will take place at the University Theatre Building; the conference schedule and information can be found at

Additional Human Rights Week events and locations:

-- The Staff Council Martin Luther King, Jr. Kick-Off Celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2:30 pm, W401 PBB. Sponsored by UI Staff Council Diversity Committee

-- Community Convocation Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. by Nancy Humbles, Assistant Director of Advising, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Undergraduate Programs in the Richey Ballroom, IMU. Sponsored by Office of Student Life, Office of the Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students

-- "Maintaining a Positive Attitude in a Challenging Environment", Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). Sponsored by UI Staff Developemtn (To register for this course, e-mail

-- "M.E.E.T. on Common Ground - Speaking up for Respect in the Workplace", Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by UI Staff Development (To register, e-mail

-- Student Voices: "...just take the first step", Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 22-25, lower level, IMU, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All members of the University community are invited to express their vision or dreams for human rights on a banner. Sponsored by the Office of Support Service Programs.

-- "Sickle Cell Disease & Blood Donation: Discussing the Issues," Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Lucas-Dodge Room, IMU. Sponsored by DeGowin Blood Center

-- "Know Your Heritage," Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave. Sponsored by the Black Student Union

-- Blood Drive, Thursday, Jan. 24, noon to 5 p.m., Second floor Ballroom, IMU. Sponsored by DeGowin Blood Center

-- "Living with Aids" Thursday, Jan. 24, featuring Rae Lewis-Thornton, 7 p.m., Macbride Auditorium. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta sorority

-- "Human Rights, Terrorism, and UN Sanctions Against Iraq," featuring Denis Halliday, former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library. Sponsored by Iowans for Peace with Iraq, UI Center for Human Rights, UI Global Studies Program, UI Student Government, and General Union of Palestinian Students

-- "Book Reading and signing by Venise Berry from her new novel "Colored Sugar Water," Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Prairie Lights Books. Sponsored by the department of journalism and mass communication

-- "In Times of Conflict and Peace: What is National Origin Discrimination?" Friday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to10:30 am. Sponsored by UI Staff Development. (Register, e-mail

-- "Mathematics Department Martin Luther King Celebration" featuring keynote speaker William Massey, Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., S401 Pappajohn Business Building. Sponsored by UI mathematics department

-- "Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions on the September Attacks: An Academic & Artistic Conference," Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, University Theater Building. Sponsored by Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, International Programs, UI Center for Human Rights (For more information or to register call 335-2753 or e-mail

-- "Free To Dance" a documentary history of African-American dance, Friday and Saturday, Jan 25-26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Minnesota Room, IMU. Sponsored by UI dance department

-- "Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center," Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 8 p.m., Hancher Auditorium. Sponsored by Hancher Auditorium. (For tickets call Hancher Box Office, 335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER)

-- Student Voices: "...just take the first step", Monday, Jan. 28, Main Lobby, Hancher Auditorium, 7 p.m. All members of the university community are invited to express their vision or dreams for human rights on a banner. Sponsored by the Office of Support Service Programs

-- "An Evening with Martin & Langston," featuring Danny Glover and Felix Justice, Monday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Hancher Auditorium. Sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee. Free. Limit of two tickets per person available in person at the UI Box Office, IMU or at the Hancher Box Office, beginning Jan. 23. For more information, visit or call the UI Box Office at (319) 335-3041 or 1-800-346-4401.

-- "Sounds of Freedom: A Community Read-In," Tuesday, Jan. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., North Room, IMU. Sponsored by The Office of Affirmative Action