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Oct. 9, 2003

Chicana Author Opens 2003-04 Latino Lecture Series

The University of Iowa Council on the Status of Latinos opens its 2003-04 Latino Lecture Series with a dramatic reading by author and feminist Cherrie Moraga.

Moraga will read from her work "Xícana Codex of a Changing Consciousness" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Jones Commons, N300 Lindquist Center. Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Moraga is an author, playwright and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her writing explores her life as a light-skinned Chicana, feminist and lesbian. She also co-founded the group "Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press," a group that did not discriminate against homosexuality, class or race.

She wrote and co-edited "This Bridge Called My Back" with Gloria Anzaldu, with whom Moraga often collaborated. Perhaps her most successful and attention-gaining book, it was the winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1986. She also wrote the book "Loving in the War Years."

Founded in 1989, the UI Council on the Status of Latinos helps to create a University environment that addresses the needs and concerns of Latino faculty, staff and students and serves as an advisory board to the university provost.

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