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Jan. 11, 2008

UI presents Human Rights Week Jan. 15-30

The University of Iowa will recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week with several activities, including the Community Convocation on Monday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

UI President Sally Mason will be the keynote speaker at the convocation, hosted by Lena Hill, assistant professor of English and African American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and Courtney Parker, a UI senior majoring in English, creative writing, and religious studies and the recruitment chair for the Black Student Union (BSU). Entertainment will include selections from The Gospel Explosion Praise Choir, The Quire, and The Voices of Soul.

Mary Mathew Wilson, coordinator of the UI Civic Engagement Program, will speak about the MLK Day of Service volunteer activities. And Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Resource and Action Center, and Doty Simpson-Taylor, director of diversity resources in the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, will facilitate an action pledge for attendees called "Remembering the Dream."

Billie Townsend, secretary in the CLAS Dean's Office, diversity advocate, executive member of the African American Council and co-chair of the convocation committee, will lead the Unity Bouquet ceremony, which includes reading of passages from King's 1956 speech "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious," which contains this year's Human Rights Week quote: "True Peace Is Not Merely the Absence of Tension; It is the Presence of Justice."

Closing remarks will be made by Townsend and Motier Haskins, assistant director of the Diversity Office of Student Life and chair of the 2008 MLK Jr. Human Rights Week Planning Committee, followed by a reception.

During the UI Human Rights Week 2008 Celebration, Jan. 15-30, faculty, staff, students and community members will give lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations sponsored by a wide range of campus and community organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 15:

--"I Have a Dream..." video presentation, 3 to 3:30 p.m., East Room (8008 Roy J. Carver Pavilion) University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Wednesday, Jan. 16:

--The UI Staff Council Diversity Committee will sponsor "A Look at the Presence of Justice," an original production from the CLAS Division of Performing Arts, Darwin Turner Action Theatre, 4 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library.

--Diversity Resources Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eighth Floor Solarium, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Fair will provide faculty, staff and students with speakers and informational booths from various diversity groups, programs and services within the UI campus and civic communities.

Thursday, Jan. 17:

--Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) Moving Forward Together Series, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 15 Schaeffer Hall.

Sunday, Jan. 20:

--Martin Luther King Interfaith Services, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 900 Lincolnshire Place, Coralville.

Monday, Jan. 21:

--Interfaith Dialogue Breakfast, 10 to 11 a.m., Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

--Community Youth Leadership Program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City.

--Human Rights Awareness Social, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colonial Lanes, Iowa City. This event, sponsored by the Athletic Department, will bring together student athletes on campus. Each team is required to design a poster incorporating the importance of human rights and/or a pivotal moment in human rights history.

--University of Iowa MLK Day of Service, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; meet at East lobby of the IMU. A variety of community service volunteer opportunities are planned around the great Iowa City area. See for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:

--Stomping Out Stereotypes, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Illinois Room, 348 IMU. Introduction of this program and a series of engaging activities and social theories to be conducted and discussed in break out sessions.

--An Evening of Poetry, 6 to 8 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave.

Wednesday, Jan. 23:

--Diversity Discussions, 12:15 to 1 p.m., HP Conference Room, 256 General Hospital.

--Community of Color: Getting Connected, 4:30 p.m., Van Oel Multipurpose Room, Currier Hall.

--Dialogue on Diversity Workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kirkwood Room, 257 IMU.

--To Be Black, Gay and a Civil Rights Leader, discussion and movie "The Life of Bayard Rustin, the Man Who Organized the March on Washington," 6 to 8 p.m., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, 125 Grand Ave. Court.

--"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" presentation of MLK's speech and discussion from community members and civil rights activists about current race relations in the United States, and the U.S. presence in Iraq, 7 p.m., Bijou Theater, IMU.

Thursday, Jan. 24

--"The Bronze Screen: 100 years of Latino Image in Hollywood" film screening, 4 p.m., 2032 Main Library Conference Room.

--"!Salud!"; a screening of a documentary about the health system of Cuba, 5 to 7 p.m., Minnesota Room, 347 IMU.

--"Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana," film screening, 7:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

-- The UI Darwin Turner Action Theatre presents a one-woman show "I Got Something to Say: A Black Women's Sonata" by Tisch Jones, 8 p.m., Theatre B, Theatre Building.

Friday, Jan. 25:

--Community Outreach Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Second Floor Ballroom, IMU, clothing drive, food drive, blood drive, personal hygiene product drive, pet supply and food drive, diaper and baby food drive, and items for the elderly drive.

--"Preparation for Tomorrow's Dentist; Care for Today's Underserved Populations," noon to 1 p.m., Oral B Seminar Room, N212, Dental Science Building.

--"Building Bridges from the Past, to the Present, to the Future," a lecture on diversity by Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver, professor of statistics and director of graduate programs in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, 3:30 p.m., Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber. The lecture is hosted by the Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering, Iowa Alliance for Graduate Education, and the Professoriate (Iowa AGEP) and the Department of Mathematics.

Saturday, Jan. 26:

--Economic Human Rights Conference, to empower and educate people experiencing poverty, to join in an international dialog, and raise community awareness about poverty. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Richey Ballroom, IMU.

--"Still Pursuing the Dream," potluck and social gathering, 5 to 7 p.m., 1117 University Capitol Centre, International Commons.

--"The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington," Turtle Island String Quartet with Stefon Harris, 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

--Potluck, 5 to 7 p.m., Latino Native American Cultural Center, 308 Melrose Ave.

Monday, Jan. 28:

--EOD Moving Forward Together Series, 5:30 to 7 p.m., W401 Pappajohn Business Building.

Wednesday, Jan. 30:

--EOD Moving Forward Together Series, 3 to 4:30 p.m., 15 Schaeffer Hall.

--"!Salud!," 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., 1117 Medical Education Research Facility.

--"Africa: War is Business," film screening and discussion, 5 to 7 p.m., S401 Pappajohn Business Building.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Motier F. Haskins, Office of Student Life, 319-335-305,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writers: Stacie Carpenter and George McCrory