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March 4, 2005

UI Seminar To Examine Public Rhetoric Of 'No Child Left Behind' March 10

A group of university and community leaders will lead a public discussion of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in the second annual Public Rhetoric Seminar sponsored by the University of Iowa's Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI). The free, public event will be held at the Iowa City Senior Center (28 S. Linn St.) on Thursday, March 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

POROI's Public Rhetoric Seminars provide an opportunity for wide-ranging discussion and analysis of speeches, reports, policy statements and other texts about public issues of local, regional, state, national or global significance. Those who plan to attend the No Child Left Behind seminar are encouraged to read in advance a U.S. Department of Education document outlining the scope of the law. The document can be found online,

Panelists for the No Child Left Behind seminar include: Toni Cilek, Iowa City Community School District School Board member and clinical associate professor of speech pathology and audiology; Peter Hlebowitsh, professor of curriculum and instruction; Liz Hollingworth, Iowa Testing staff and doctoral student in language, literacy and culture; Susan Lagos, clinical associate professor of educational administration and past principal of Johnson School of the Arts; Cynthia Lewis, associate professor of language, literacy and culture; Les Margolin, professor of counselor education and POROI; James Marshall, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and professor of English and education; Niki Neems, owner of RSVP and active parent in the Iowa City Schools; and Vershawn Young, assistant professor of rhetoric and former principal and teacher for Chicago Public Schools.

The goal of the seminar is to encourage students, faculty and community members to focus on the meaning and impact of public texts as a path toward becoming "more effective citizens/stakeholders in the changed rhetorical context of the 21st Century," organizers said.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact POROI in advance at 319-335-2753 or

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

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: POROI, 319-335-2753,