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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 8, 2004

UI Events Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Iowa is planning numerous public events throughout January to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19.

Most events are free, and all are open to the public. For a complete and updated listing of events, visit on the Web.

The events kick off at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the UI Museum of Art with a performance of "The Passion of St. Martin the King," a short play by J.E. Franklin. Following the performance will be a panel discussion titled "Reflections."

The university's featured ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 in the Iowa Main Lounge. Featured speakers are UI President David Skorton and Roosevelt Johnson of the National Science Foundation, who will discuss "Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize." The event, sponsored by the UI Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) in cooperation with the UI mathematics department, is a celebration of the AGEP departments' efforts to achieve a diverse and inclusive graduate student community.

The present diversity of the AGEP departments has been achieved by a variety of means, including support by the U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. Over the past decade, the UI has won 10 GAANN grants to assist in training minority doctoral candidates in chemistry, geoscience, engineering, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.

In addition to GAANN support, the department of mathematics has also attracted support from the Sloan Foundation for dissertation-year studies for its minority students. The department also has partnerships with the mathematics departments of several Historically Black undergraduate institutions, among them Alabama A & M University, Benedict College, Florida A&M University, and Jackson State University, as well as with several universities in Puerto Rico.

Other Martin Luther King events include:

--Sunday, Jan. 18
Speakers from various faith traditions speaking on King's many contributions to civil rights and their relevance to today. Special Music includes Kol Shira (string group from Agudas Achim Synagogue), Voices of Experience, and Quire. Transportation for students will be available. 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave.

--Monday, Jan. 19
Community Convocation. 7 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Wednesday, Jan. 21
Brown Bag Lunch. Noon, 332 North Hall.

Disproportionate Distribution of Wealth Awareness Night Meal. 5:30 p.m., Hillcrest Dining Area.

"Why Should I Love People Who Don't Love Me?" 7:30 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave.

"Human Rights and the United Nations in the 21st Century." 8 p.m., Room 346, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Thursday, Jan. 22
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences celebrates its diversity. Dean Linda Maxson will formally recognize Executive Associate Dean Raul Curto's successful efforts on behalf of diversity by designating him the College's Director of Diversity. Departments that have been especially notable for advancing the diversity of our student body and curriculum will be also recognized and honored at the reception. 3:30-5 p.m., South Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Emma Goldman Choice Dinner. Emily Lyons, a survivor of the bombing at a 1998 abortion clinic in Alabama, will discuss civil rights. 6 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

"What Are You Doing for Others?" 9 p.m., 24-7 (former Planet X), Old Capitol Mall.

--Friday, Jan. 23
10,000 Hours Show Volunteer Drive. All day, Iowa Memorial Union basement.

"Between the Waves: A Dialogue on the Intersections of Race and Gender." Presented as part of the Between the Waves Intergenerational Feminist Dialogue series, this discussion will focus on the intersections of race and gender in the feminist movement. Noon, Women's Resource and Action Center, 130 N. Madison St.

"Know Your Heritage." This African American trivia game will help students enhance their knowledge of African American History as well as build friendships. 7 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

--Friday, Jan. 30
Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Research Symposium, with speaker John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas. Noon, Jones Commons, Lindquist Center.

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