CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Release: Oct. 1, 2002
UI alumna to speak on social entrepreneurship Oct. 3
of Iowa alumna Kyle Zimmer, president, co-founder and director of First Book
of Washington, D.C., will deliver a free, public address titled, "Private
Head, Public Heart: Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century," at
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.
Founded in 1992, First Book is a non-profit organization that works with
existing literacy programs to distribute new books to disadvantaged children
who are participating in existing tutoring, mentoring and family literacy
programs. In 2001, First Book distributed more than 7 million books to hundreds
of thousands of children in more than 700 communities nationwide.
Zimmer, who received her bachelor's degree in English from the University
of Iowa in 1982 and her law degree from George Washington University in 1986,
will be recognized Oct. 4 as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
Distinguished Alumni Fellow. Her talk is sponsored and/or supported by CLAS,
the CLAS English and geography departments, the College of Education, Pi Lambda
Theta Education Honor Society, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at
the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the Iowa City Community School District,
Prairie Lights Books of Iowa City, and the UI WiderNet Project.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this
program are asked to contact the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in
advance at 335-2610.