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University of Iowa News Release

April 5, 2005


Historian Howard Zinn To Speak At UI

Acclaimed historian, political theorist, teacher, storyteller and author Howard Zinn will discuss equality in America when he speaks at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission is free and open to the public. Zinn's lecture, "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train," shows in vivid detail how small actions affect great change and how every person has the ability and the obligation to make a difference.

As a teacher, writer and activist, Zinn has been a central figure in the most important social and political movements of recent history. In his most recent book, "You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal Memoir of our Times," Zinn provides an open discussion of his life's work, from his youth in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn, NY, to his bombardier assignments during World War II and his years teaching at Spelman College and Boston University. As a key activist in the civil rights and anti-war movements, Zinn has both chronicled and participated in the most important social and political upheavals of recent history.

Zinn is most known for his legendary book "A People's History of the United States," which turns traditional textbook history on its head. In the landmark 1980 book, Zinn gives voice to blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters and poor laborers of all nationalities that aren't normally included in American history textbooks.

The UI Lecture Committee is sponsoring the lecture. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the committee at 319-335-3255.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,