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Release: Oct. 3, 2002

UI symposium focuses on caste and race dialogues Oct. 4-6

"Beyond Durban: Caste and Race Dialogues" will be the theme of a three -day symposium organized by the South Asian Studies Program at the University of Iowa from Friday, October 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. This event is open to the public and will take place in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus.

This event is sponsored by the UI Crossing Borders Program, the South Asia Studies Program (SASP) and the Ford Foundation. Organizers say the symposium will attract scholars from across the globe who will discuss and extend debates surrounding the turbulent but historically significant World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance which took place in Durban, South Africa from August 31 through September 7, 2001.

For more information or special accommodation to attend this symposium, call Paul Greenough at 319-335-2222 or at 319-335-2825 or visit the symposium site at

ICC Open House Oct. 6 To Feature Food, Music, Culture From Around World

Experience everything from Sudanese music and dancing to Indian and African body art demonstrations at the University of Iowa International Crossroads Community (ICC) Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 in the ICC floor of Hillcrest Residence Hall.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Office of Affirmative Action and Opportunity at Iowa.

"The open house gives the general public the chance to celebrate the richness and diversity of the global community," says Yemi Oshodi, ICC graduate advisor. "This is a great opportunity for students as well as people in the community to experience and learn about people from different cultures who are represented here on the UI campus."

The International Crossroads Community is a living/learning community open to all students interested in international issues, foreign language or learning about different cultures. Rooms will be transformed into different countries, ranging from Kenya to Japan. Students, children and adults alike are free to walk from "country to country," learning, asking questions, sampling international foods, engaging in discussion, listening to music, and having their "passports" stamped.

For more information on ICC or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Oshodi, at (319) 248-1329.

International Mondays features African fashion Oct. 7

"The Cultured Body: Thinking about Africa Through Fashion" will be the theme of the International Mondays lecture series from noon to 1 p.m. on October 7 in the International Center Lounge. The program will be led by Victoria Rovine, the director of the UI African Studies Program and UI curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Rovine will discuss her research on contemporary fashion in Africa. This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Rovine has conducted research in Mali for more than a decade. She is now preparing an exhibition on Africa's dynamic history in the world of fashion. She will also discuss the influences of African fashion on Western fashion design since the early 20th century.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0435.

UI LGBTSFA announces rally, welcome reception

The UI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff and Faculty Association (LGBTSFA) is hosting two free, public events in the coming weeks. First, the group will hold the 14th Annual National Coming Out Day Rally from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. on October 11 on the Kautz Plaza, located between the IMU Parking Ramp and the John Pappajohn Building. Those who would like more information or to sign up to share their own coming out stories should contact Jodi Lundquist at Also, the 12th Annual LGBTSFA Welcome Fall Reception is Wednesday October 23 in the South Room of the IMU from 4:30 to 6:30 pm with a formal program at 5:30 p.m. Come meet students, faculty, staff and allies for refreshments and presentations. For more information contact Carlos Serrato at 335-3059 or

IRS Small Business Tax Workshops

IRS Small Business Tax Workshops sponsored by the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will be held on Monday, Oct. 14 and Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The workshops will include a review of federal tax rules and regulations for small businesses. The Basic IRS Requirements workshop on Oct. 14 will discuss the different types of businesses and the tax implications and deductions that pertain to each. The Employment Taxes workshop on Oct. 16 will explain the difference between employees and independent contractors, how much to withhold for employee taxes and when.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the John Pappajohn Business Building, at the corner of Clinton and Jefferson Streets, on the UI campus. The cost for each workshop is $35, which covers the cost of materials. For more information and/or to register, contact the UI SBDC at (319) 335–3742 or e-mail Paula McMartin at

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