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Jan. 3, 2007

UI To Observe Human Rights Week

The University of Iowa will recognize Martin Luther King Day with its annual Human Rights Week observances starting Jan. 10 and featuring lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations sponsored by a wide range of campus and community organizations.

"Through these events, we hope to bring the many faces of the Iowa City and university community together and provide a greater awareness of human rights issues," said Carlos Serrato, an assistant director in the UI Office of Student Life and co-chair of the UI Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Committee.

All events are free and open to the public. The commemoration starts with the UI Staff Council MLK Kick-Off Event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 in the Shambaugh Auditorium with a reception in the Main Library's North Lobby. At the Day of Unity Convocation -- at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) -- several faculty, staff and community members will speak, and the musical groups Voices of Soul, Charism and the Bethel AME Choir will perform.

Other Human Rights Week activities are listed below. For a complete and updated listing of events, view the calendar at

Sunday, Jan. 14:

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Gloria Dei Lutheran church, 123 E. Market St., Iowa City.

Monday, Jan. 15:

--Day of Service, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Variety of community service volunteer opportunities at pre-arranged sites around the great Iowa City area.  See for more information.

--Poster display featuring works by Rehabilitation Therapies students and patients, to be shown at the convocation on Jan. 15 and again on Jan. 19 at "Pay it Forward Friday."

--Exhibit Honoring Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, 4:30 p.m., second-floor ballroom, IMU.

Tuesday, Jan. 16

-- Lecture by UI Professor Tom Lewis, "No One is Illegal: Immigration and Human Rights in the U.S. Today," 4 p.m., 315 Phillips Hall.

--Alliance for Graduate and Professoriate Annual MLK Celebration Event, 4:30 p.m., Richey Ballroom, IMU.

--Lecture on "Artistry and Humanity, Bringing Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream to Life," 6 p.m., Art Building West Lecture Hall (240 ABW), Gallery West (in Art Building West), reception to follow at 7 p.m.

--Movie "Rabbit in the Moon," 6 p.m., Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

--Movie "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks," 7 p.m., Latino Native American Cultural Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 17:

--Exhibition_ "Artistry and Humanity, Bringing Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream to Life: Artistic Representations of Struggle, Persistence, and Freedom," 8 a.m. Art Building West Lecture Hall (240 ABW), Gallery West (in Art Building West).

--"People Like Us: Social Class in America," 9 a.m., East Room-RCP 8008, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

--Video "RACE: The Power of an Illusion," episodes 1, 2, and 3, 11:30 a.m., East Room RCP 8008, UI Hospitals. Episode 1 will be shown on Jan. 17, episode 2 on Jan. 18, and episode 3 on Jan. 19.

--Graduate Social Work Student Association's Darfur Discussion, 5:30 p.m., Ohio State Room, IMU.

--"Celebration of Life," celebrating the words, work, and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through song, dance, and prose, 6 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

Thursday, Jan. 18:

--"Human Rights in the Business Arena," 11:30 a.m., W10 Pappajohn Business Building. Heather Shank, former director of Human Rights for Iowa City, will deliver the lecture. A poster competition will also be held.

--Film and discussion of 1945 Mendez v. Westminster Court Case, noon, Iowa Room No. 335

--"Diversity in the Classroom: Best Practices," 3:30 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

--Community of Color networking and social event for faculty, staff and students, 4 p.m., Courier Hall, Van Oel Multipurpose Room.

-- Human Rights Week Movie, 5 p.m., Medical Education and Research Facility 2189.

--"The Importance of Higher Education in the Ability to Assert Human Rights," _6:30 p.m., West Liberty High School.

Friday, Jan. 19:

--"Pay It Forward Friday," 11 a.m., second-floor ballroom, IMU, a blood, clothing, food, and personal hygiene drive, and knitting baby caps for premature infants. At noon there will be a program honoring UI students, staff, and faculty who have volunteered in natural disasters.

--"Oral Health Care for the Uninsured, Underinsured, and Underserved: Options, Rights and Responsibility," noon, Oral B Seminar Room N212, Dental Science Building, presented by Dr. Howard J. Cowen, Director of Admissions and Emergency Care in the College of Dentistry.

--Diversity Summit, 1 p.m., Jones Commons, North Lindquist Center, College of Education.

-- Hunger Challenge and Hunger Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Channing Hall, Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City.

--"A Place at the Table: Struggles for Equality in America," 2 p.m., East Room-RCP 8008, University Hospitals and Clinics.

--"Voting Rights" speech by Professor Spencer Overton of the George Washington Law School 3 p.m., Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building.

--One-woman show by Professor Tisch Jones, "I've Got Somethin' To Say," 7 p.m., Theatre B in the Theatre Building.

Sunday, Jan. 21:

-- UI Lecture Committee presents Professor David Cole, "Less Safe, Less Free: Why We Are Losing the War on Terror," 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, IMU.

Monday, Jan. 22:

-- Panel Presentation "Health Concerns of Iowa Migrant Workers" 5:30 p.m., W417 General Hospital, UI Hospitals, Nursing Clinical Education Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 24:

--Diane Bystrom of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University speaks on "Unfinished Business: Electing a Woman to Represent Iowa in the U.S. Congress," 7 p.m., Minnesota Room, IMU.

Friday Feb. 2:

--"Celebrating Diversity through Research," a showcase of graduate and undergraduate research projects related to diversity, noon, Jones Commons, Lindquist Center.


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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Carlos Serrato, 319-335-3059.