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Sept. 26, 2011

At A Glance

Morrissey to speak on disability rights Sept. 27, 28 at UI

David Morrissey, executive director of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD), will speak about national and global efforts for disability rights at a Brown Bag Lunch Tuesday, Sept. 27. The lunch will be from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 1117 in the University Capitol Centre next to the International Programs office.

Morrissey will discuss the growing global movement for disability rights, as well as national efforts to ensure inclusion for people with disabilities. He will also present information on careers in the field of disability rights. This event is open to the public, and a sign language interpreter will be available. WiderNet staff will provide drinks and cookies.

At noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Morrissey will address the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at the Congregational Church on North Clinton St. in Iowa City. To attend this luncheon, register at

Iowa Public Radio will conduct an interview with Morrissey at noon Thursday, Sept. 29. To listen, visit

Morrissey's visit highlights the launch of the off-line digital Global Disability Rights Library, a collaboration involving the WiderNet Project of the University of Iowa, USICD and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Jasser to speak on separation of mosque and state at UI lecture Oct. 3

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), will present a lecture titled "Separation of Mosque and State" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the South Room (Room 179) of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jasser is a first-generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Assad regime of Syria in the 1960s. He founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to provide an American Muslim voice advocating the separation of spiritual Islam from the political. He is a frequent national radio and television commentator and featured speaker. 

To learn more about the AIFD and Jasser, visit and For more information about this event, contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900 or David Zhang at 515-401-2464.

This event is funded by the Richard Levitt Family Law Lectureship Fund, the UI College of Law, the University Lecture Committee and the UI Center for Human Rights within International Programs.


Cellist Arnone will be joined by New York pianist Dore in Oct. 7 UI recital

Cellist Anthony Arnone, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by New York pianist Christine Dore in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The performance will feature the Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5; "4 Fragments" by Asian-American composer and folk-rock singer Huang Ruo (; Brahms' F Major Sonata, Op. 99; and the Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante by Chopin.

The performance of "4 Fragments" will be a Midwest premiere. Arnone recorded the work this summer for a CD that will be released next year.

Dore, who teaches at C.W. Post University, is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Chamberosity and was on the faculty of the Stony Brook Music Festival.

Read Arnone's bio at


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