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Third Annual Gender, Race, Justice symposium at UI set for Nov. 6-7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 19 of the country's most noted legal scholars of women's issues will gather for "The Journal of Gender, Race and Justice" Third Annual Symposium entitled "Critical Race Feminism: Preparing Legal Thought for the 21st Century" at the University of Iowa College of Law Nov. 6-7.

The symposium, moderated by UI law professors, begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Levitt Auditorium in the College of Law. It continues with a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the same location.

"Our Third Annual Symposium features the voices of women of color and brings their stories to the forefront of legal analysis and discussion," says Laura Weselmann, UI law student, event organizer and editor of the Journal.

Critical race feminism validates the experiences of women of color and acknowledges their stories, attempting to understand the laws that have disenfranchised and excluded them as members of the privileged class.

Recognition of the stories of women of color is a first step to including and validating the uniqueness of their life experiences within the legal community, Weselmann says.

"The Journal hopes to foster discussion about issues often ignored in traditional law school courses and traditional legal scholarship," says Weselmann.

The Journal will hold a banquet at 7 p.m. at the River Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Emma Coleman Jordan, Georgetown University professor of law, is the keynote speaker. Jordan was counsel to Anita Hill, Georgetown University professor of law. Jordan was counsel to Hill during the Clarence Thomas U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The symposium is open to the public.

Symposium tickets are $40 for the public; $20 non-UI students; $25 for students of other universities. Admission to the symposium is free to UI students and employees. Banquet tickets are $21 each. Lunch is available both dates for $7.

To register, contact the Journal at (319) 335-9093 or at Room 187 of the Boyd Law Building.

11/2/98