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Sept. 22, 2006

Public Invited To Sept. 28 Kickoff Of Tolerance Project

The public is invited to attend a two-hour kickoff event of a yearlong campus-community coalition designed to reduce prejudice, bigotry and intolerance.

The event, "Testimony to Tolerance: Building Bridges Across Human Diversity," will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Room C20 of the University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center, 213 N. Clinton St., and will feature opening remarks by Holocaust survivor and Columbus, Ohio businessman Murray Ebner. Ebner, who was featured in the documentary "A Survivor's Journey," regularly recounts his story for students at schools and universities in the hope that they can draw lessons from his experiences.

Also during the program, Kathie Swift, education coordinator for the Des Moines Public Library's Testimony to Tolerance Initiative, will present "Voices that Will Never Be Silenced." She will discuss how the initiative is using the testimony of 17 Holocaust survivors who lived in Iowa after World War II to encourage area K-12 teachers and students to commit to work against intolerance. The testimonies were retrieved from the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

The program will end with a panel discussion titled "Never Again -- Reflections from Survivor Family Members," facilitated by Samuel Becker, Ph.D., professor emeritus of the UI Department of Communications in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. A reception will follow at the UI Hillel, 122 E. Market St.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, University Libraries, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa Hillel, University Lecture Committee, College of Education Diversity Committee, Office of International Students and Scholars, UI Center for Human Rights and Humanities Iowa.

Scheduled intentional dialogues will be offered throughout the coming year. An educational resource package will be made available from the UI Libraries. For more information, contact Dorothy Simpson-Taylor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, at 319-335-0705.

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

CONTACT: Dorothy Simpson-Taylor, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-335-0705.