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October 14, 2005

Historian Howard Zinn To Speak At UI

Acclaimed historian, political theorist, teacher, playwright and author Howard Zinn will discuss equality in America when he speaks at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission is free and open to the public. This lecture is rescheduled from an appearance originally scheduled for last spring that had to be cancelled.

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, N.Y., 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 lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee. 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 the committee at 319-335-3255.

EDITORS NOTE: Howard Zinn will be available for a pre-event media opportunity via telephone conference call on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Wisconsin Room in the Iowa Memorial Union.

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,