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Jan. 8, 2007

UI Hosts Talk By Civil Rights Leader, Mathematics Education Reformer

Renowned civil rights leader and mathematics education reformer Robert Moses will be the featured speaker at the annual AGEP/OGEI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The event, free and open to the public, will also include an African drumming performance as well as Salome Raheim, Ph.D., senior associate to the president and professor of social work, leading event guests in the song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Following the program, Moses will be available to sign copies of his book, "Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project."

Born in Harlem, Moses, Ph.D., was one of the leaders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that led voter registration drives in Mississippi during the 1960s. Together with Fanny Lou Hamer, he was one of the forces behind the Mississippi Freedom Summer, which led to the founding of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In the 1980s, he began teaching math and algebra to inner-city children in order to better prepare them for success in a society increasingly dependent upon knowledge of science and engineering.

In 1982, he earned his doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University and won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for his work.

An article on "America's Best Leaders" in the Oct. 22, 2006, online edition of U.S.News & World Report stated that at its peak, "The Algebra Project" founded by Moses "provided help for some 40,000 minority students annually, in the form of kindergarten-through-high-school curricula guides, teacher training, and peer coaching." Today, his activities include serving as a high school math teacher in Miami, Fla.

The event is co-hosted by the Iowa Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), an NSF-sponsored project involving all three Iowa Regents Universities, the Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion (OGEI) in the Graduate College, Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering in the College of Engineering, and the Department Of Mathematics. Other sponsors include: College of Public Health, College of Business, Opportunity at Iowa/Support Services Program, Division of Student Services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the President's Office, College of Law, College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

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 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 319-335-2610.

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

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