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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 29, 2004

UI Sets Events For Human Rights Week, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Iowa Office of Student Life is coordinating a series of events Jan. 12 to Feb. 10 commemorating Human Rights Week and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 12
Annual UI Staff Council Martin Luther King, Jr. Kick-off. 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Saturday, Jan. 15
Mahmoud Mohamed Taha and the Challenge of Islamic Modernity. Iowa Memorial Union. The event will include international and American guest speakers, exhibitions, Sofi chanting, discussion panels and papers. This event continues through Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Sunday, Jan. 16
Annual Interfaith Service Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 900 Lincolnshire Place, Coralville.

Monday, Jan. 17
Images of Disability, Essential to Diversity. Call 319-356-1514 for times and location. This event continues through Friday, Jan. 21. The Susan Rotman Award winner will be announced Jan. 20.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week Community Convocation & Official Kick-off. 4 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

Tuesday, Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week Poster Competition. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Posters will be on display all week on the fourth floor of the Seamans Center for Engineering Arts & Sciences Building.

The Art of Human Rights:  Creative Expression in the Fight for Freedom. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Iowa Room, Iowa Memorial Union. Readings and discussion on the role of artists in struggles for human rights.

Wednesday, Jan. 19
Letters for Change. Evening, Hillcrest ITC. Letter writing campaign to heads-of-states requesting that political prisoners be set free, as well as letters in support of ending hostilities and facilitating peace. This event continues through Friday, Jan. 21.

Injustice and Civil Unions - A Brown Bag Discussion. Noon, 332 North Hall.

Black Speaker Series. "Weight & Wellness: Challenging Myths," with Venise Berry, UI associate professor of journalism and mass communication. 6 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center.

The Modernization of Torture and Slavery:  A Human Rights Lecture by Ken Cmiel. 7 p.m., Iowa Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Thursday, Jan. 20
'Soap Drive' for the Shelter House of Iowa City. Drop-off boxes are located in all residence hall lobbies, the Office of Student Life (145 Iowa Memorial Union), Women's Resource & Action Center (130 North Madison) and Support Service Programs (310 Calvin Hall). Boxes will be in place through Friday, Jan. 28.

Safe Zone Workshop. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Penn State Room, Iowa Memorial Union.

Immigration Regulations and International Students: A Human Rights Issue? Noon to 1:30 p.m., River Room 1, Iowa Memorial Union. A brown-bag lunch discussion of the increasingly restrictive regulations which apply to international students in the United States and how they impact not only the students' academic options, but basic rights that many of us take for granted.

Film. "Hairspray," with civil rights discussion to follow. 9 p.m., Wheelroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

Friday, Jan. 21
Fifth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., R. Wayne Richey Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

Martin Luther King Celebration. 6 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union. An evening in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a keynote speaker, a theatrical performance, music and poetry with some time left to meet and greet old and new friends.

6 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union

Ethnic Potluck, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center. An opportunity for UI students to share and learn about each other's culture. Students typically pair up and cook a dish from their own background. A few short presentations are given during the evening.

Film. "Gandhi," 6 p.m., Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

"Perceptions of Oppression," 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Latino Native American Cultural Center. A presentation of lyrical works in the form of literature, poetry, and music. 

Video. "Hopes on the Horizon." 7 p.m., International Center Lounge. A video examining human rights and democracy in six countries in Africa in the 1990's.

Friday, Jan. 21 - Saturday, Jan. 22
'blessing the boats' - a Solo Performance by Sekou Sundiata. 8 p.m., Hancher Auditorium. Performances will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 22. For tickets contact Hancher Auditorium Box Office at 319-335-1160.

Thursday, Jan. 27
Yager Commitment to Diversity Conference. Visit the event website at for conference information. The conference runs through Saturday, Jan. 29.

Saturday, Jan. 29
Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jones Commons Lounge, Third Floor of North Lindquist Center.

Thursday, Feb. 10
Lecture. "Return to Little Rock," by Minnijean Brown Trickey. 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.

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