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UI celebrates Human Rights Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a host of speakers, events, and programs all over campus during Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week, Jan. 18-23.

King's birthday, a national holiday to be observed this year on Monday, Jan. 19, has been recognized at the UI since 1968 with a convocation. Beginning in 1993, the university expanded its observance to include a week of activities open to the public and free of charge.

The celebration is coordinated by the UI Office of Campus Programs with events and speakers sponsored by various UI offices and departments. 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 any Human Rights Week program, please contact the Office of Campus Programs in advance at 335-3059.

Following is a tentative schedule of Human Rights Week programs:

 

Sunday, January 18

7 p.m.

"The Bringing Together of Head and Heart: An Interreligious Celebration of the Work of

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the UN" will be held at First Christian Church, 217 Iowa Ave.

Sponsored by Consultation of Religious Leaders and the UN Human Rights sub-committees

7 p.m.

"Tuskegee Airmen," a video, will be shown in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. A discussion will follow the video presentation.

Sponsored by UI Residence Services Education Program Office and Residence Halls

 

Monday, January 19

7 p.m.

Community Convocation in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union with keynote speaker Jean Shoots, Iowa City resident and recipient of the 1997 Isabel Turner Human Rights Award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission. A reception will follow in the IMU East Lobby.

Sponsored by the Office of Campus Programs and Student Activities and the Office of Student Services

 

Tuesday, January 20

11:45 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

"The Road to Brown," a video about the constitutional history of African Americans from the 14th Amendment, through Plessy v. Ferguson to the Brown v. Board of Education decision, will be shown in the Iowa Room of the IMU. A discussion will follow the video presentation.

Sponsored by the UI Office of Affirmative Action

3:30 p.m.

"African-American Visions of Society: From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Farrakhan," a presentation by Bruce Gronbeck, a UI professor of communication studies, will be held in Room 106, Gilmore Hall.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President for Research, the Graduate College, and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

7-9 p.m.

"Immigration and Immigrant Rights in Iowa," a panel discussion exploring recent developments in immigration issues in Iowa, particularly in Eastern Iowa and the Quad Cities, will be held in the Grant Wood Room of the IMU. Among those issues are Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) raids on area businesses, the use of traffic stops to check the immigration status of Latinos, and news media coverage of immigration issues.

Sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) and the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC)

 

Wednesday, January 21

11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

"Shattering the Silences: The Case for Minority Faculty," a video telling the stories of eight pioneering African American, Latino, Native American and Asian American scholars, will be presented in the Iowa Room of the IMU. A discussion will follow the video presentation.

Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action

7 p.m.

"African-American Performance and the Black Church" will be presented at Old Brick Church by Dr. Gerald Moore, director of humanities at the American Dance Festival.

Sponsored by Hancher Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

"Race Rules," the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Lecture presented in the Main Lounge of the IMU by Michael Eric Dyson, visiting distinguished professor of African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee

 

Thursday, January 22

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

"Skin Deep," a video that chronicles the eye-opening encounter of a diverse and divided group of college students as they explore their prejudices, bare their wounds and try to understand each other, will be presented in the Iowa Room of the IMU. A discussion will follow the video presentation.

Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action

4-6 p.m.

Diversity Forum, held in the Iowa Room of the IMU

Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action

 

Friday, January 23

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

"A Time for Justice," a video that depicts the battle of civil rights as told by its foot soldiers, will be presented in the Iowa Room of the IMU. A discussion will follow the video presentation.

Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action

3:30 p.m.

"Of Monument and Memory: The Making of the King Memorial," a slide show and lecture will be presented by Linda Bolton, a UI assistant professor of English who is the co-designer of the Martin Luther King Memorial Garden in Columbia, Mo.

Sponsored by the UI English department

8 p.m.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performance at Hancher Auditorium. For ticket information, call the Hancher Box Office at (319) 335-1160 or (800) 426-2437.

Sponsored by Hancher Auditorium

1/14/98