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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 6, 2006

UI Observes MLK Day, Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa will recognize Martin Luther King Day with its annual Human Rights Week observances from Jan. 11-22, featuring lectures, discussions, theater, music and artistic presentations.

All events are free and open to the public, except for the Jan. 21 Puremovement performance at Hancher Auditorium. For ticket information, contact the Hancher box office at 319-335-1160.

The commemoration kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 11, with the theatrical presentation "Our Higher Selves: Constructing Peace on Campus in a Restless World." The presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Sahai Auditorium, Room 1110A, in the Medical Education Research Facility.

Other Human Rights Week activities are listed below. For a complete and updated listing of events, visit the main events calendar on the UI Web page at

Sunday, Jan. 15

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Services

7 p.m., First Christian Church 900 Lincolnshire Place, Coralville.

Monday, Jan. 16

-- Shelter House Donation Drive. Items can be dropped off through Friday, Jan. 20 at 310 Calvin Hall, 145 Iowa Memorial Union, or at the Women's Resource and Action Center at 130 N. Madison.


4:30 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, IMU.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

-- Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Science Association poster competition. 6 p.m., fourth floor, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences.

-- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Step Show Presentation: A History of the Black Greek Organizations and the Art of Stepping. 7 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, IMU.

-- Film: "The Untold Story of Emmet Louis Till." 7 p.m., Bijou Theater/Illinois Room, IMU.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

-- Presentation: "I had an Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices." 6 p.m.,

-- Native American Food Night. 6 p.m., Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave.

-- Film: "The Untold Story of Emmet Louis Till." 7 p.m., Bijou Theater/Illinois Room, IMU.

-- Presentation: "Looking for YOU."

10 a.m., first floor conference room, Pomerantz Center.

-- Presentation: "Straight from the Heart: A Parent's Journey to Understanding and Love." Noon, East Room, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

-- Presentation: "Cultural Diversity, Limited English Proficiency." 3 p.m., East Room, UIHC.

-- Presentation: "Put Your Language to Work at UIHC." 4 p.m., East Room, UIHC.

-- Presentation: "Celebrating 30 Years of Interpreting and Translation Services." 5 p.m., Department of Social Services, UIHC.

-- Film: "Crash." 6:30 p.m. Room W151, John Pappajohn Business Building.

-- Presentation: "Breaking the Silence: Human Trafficking Around the World and At Home." 7 p.m., Indiana Room, IMU.

-- Musical performance: "Gospel Fest 2006 -- The Music of Martin," featuring Charism and other local gospel groups. 7 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, IMU.

-- Presentation: "Compulsory Homosexuality." 7 p.m., Iowa Room, IMU.

Thursday, Jan. 19

-- Play: "The Meeting - A Story of Martin and Malcolm," by Jeff Stetson with reception to follow. 7 p.m., Theatre B, Theatre Building.

-- Presentation: "Judge Us by the Content of Our Character: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Families Today." 11:30 a.m., Minnesota Room, IMU.

-- Musical performance: Putumayo World Music. Noon, East Room, UIHC.

-- Presentation: "The Pan African Movement and Cultural Affirmation." 5 p.m., Minnesota Room, IMU.

-- Video and discussion: "The Shadow of Hate." 7 p.m., Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, 223 Lucon Dr.

Friday, Jan. 20

-- Human Rights Week Day of Action. 10 a.m., Richey Ballroom, IMU.

-- Presentation: "The Words and Meaning of One Man's Dream." Noon, East Room, UIHC.

-- Presentation: "Access and Disparities in Oral Health in Iowa, with Bob Russell, dental director of the Iowa Department of Public Health Oral Health Bureau. Noon, Room N212, Dental Science Building.

-- "A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice," with Paul Butler, professor of law, George Washington University College of Law. 3 p.m., Levitt Auditorium, Room 295, Boyd Law Building.

-- Musical performances and dramatic readings: "The Other Side of AGEP," by keynote speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie, motivational speaker and professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University. Reception to follow. 3 p.m. Second Floor Ballroom, IMU.

-- Presentation: "The History of Hip-Hop." 7 p.m., Old Brick, 26 E. Market St.

-- Presentation: "Being Other in Iowa." 7 p.m., Indiana Room, IMU.

Saturday, Jan. 21

-- Hip-Hop Dance Workshop. 2 p.m., North Gym, Field House.

-- Read-In Day. 2 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave.

-- Performance: "Movement Demonstration." 6:45 p.m., Hancher Auditorium Lobby.

-- Performance: Rennie Harris Puremovement. 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium (tickets required for this event).

Sunday, Jan. 22

-- International Potluck. 5 p.m., International Center Lounge.

Sunday, Jan. 27

-- College of Education Diversity Research Symposium. Noon, Jones Commons, College of Education.

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