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Release: Oct. 1, 2002

UI alumna to speak on social entrepreneurship Oct. 3

University 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.