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UI celebrates Human Rights Week Jan. 18-24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with campus-wide celebratory events that include guest speakers, performing arts and a variety of programs during Martin Luther King Human Rights Week Jan. 18­24.

King's birthday, a national holiday to be observed this year on Jan. 18, 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.

Human Rights Week is coordinated by the UI Office of Student Life with events and speakers sponsored by various UI offices and departments. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-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 Student Life in advance at 335-3059.

Following is a tentative schedule of events that lead-up to and complete Human Rights Week:

Wednesday, Jan. 13

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Second Annual Staff Council Martin Luther King, Jr. Kick-Off Celebration, Room W401, Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Sponsored by the UI Staff Council.

7 p.m.

Consultation of Religious Communities, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Old Brick Church, 26 East Market Street, Iowa City. Sponsored by the Consultation of Religious Communities.

8 p.m.

"Amistad," a video will be shown at W10 Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Attendees are encouraged to enter the building using its west entrance doors near the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Sponsored by the Education Program Office and the Associated Residence Halls.

Monday, Jan. 18

7 p.m.

Community Convocation will be held in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Hani Elkadi, an Iowa City West High teacher, is the featured speaker. Elkadi, who has long worked with alternative education students, was one of six persons who received a human rights award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission last year. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the vice president of student services.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

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

"The Terrible Transformation: 1450-1750," the first in a series of four epochal videos, "Africans in America," previously aired by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Department of history faculty will participate in an open discussion about America during and after slavery. The first video will be shown in the Purdue Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action.

12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Clips and Conversation, a series of videos that will lead to discussion about ways to regain a trustful environment in the classroom and how to avoid classroom problems, will be held in Room 4039 of the Main Library. Sponsored by The Center for Teaching.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

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

"Revolution: 1750-1805," the second of four videos about America's Journey through Slavery, will be shown in the Kirkwood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Council on Disability Awareness Achievement Award Presentation will be held in the South Room (First floor) of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the UI Council on Disability Awareness.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"An Evening of Swing," a one-hour swing dance clinic that will be followed by a dance with music by the Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra Sextet will be held at Old Brick Church. The event is free and is open to the public.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"Future Times of Challenge and Controversy: Science Fiction as a Gateway to Human Rights Solutions," a discussion will be held in the Grant Wood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by The Science Fiction League of Iowa Students.

7:30 p.m.

"Community Response to Hate and Intolerance: Standing Up in Times of Challenge and Controversy," a discussion will be held in the Penn State Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center.

Thursday, Jan. 21

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

"Brotherly Love: 1791-1831," the third of four videos about America's Journey through Slavery video will be shown in the Kirkwood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by The Office of Affirmative Action.

3 p.m.

Ko-Thi Dance Company will perform dances of the African Diaspora at the UI Museum of Art. A 30-minute lecture and demonstration will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Hancher Auditorium.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

"The Advantages of Ethnic Diversity in Academia," a discussion will be held in the Minnesota Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Mutli-Ethnic Engineering Student Association.

7:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King Human Rights Lecture, "Why the Gandhi and King Dreams Remain Unfulfilled," will be presented by keynote lecture Arun Gandhi, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the University Lecture Committee.

9:30 p.m.

Jazz Clinic with UI jazz studies students and the Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra Sextet will be held at the Green Room Pub, 509 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City.

Friday, Jan. 22

9 a.m. to noon

"Safe Zone Project," discussion will be held in the Ohio Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by the UI Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Staff and Faculty Association.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Judgment Day: 1831-1865," the final video about America's Journey through Slavery will be shown in the Kirkwood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Sponsored by The Office of Affirmative Action.

7 p.m.

Ko-Thi Dance Company pre-performance discussion with the company's artistic director will be held in the Hancher Green Room. The discussion is free to performance ticket holders.

8 p.m.

Ko-Thi Dance Company performance at Hancher Auditorium. For ticket information, call the Hancher Box Office at 335-1160.

Saturday, Jan. 23

8 p.m.

Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra Sextet and Iowa City West and City High School jazz students joint performance will be held at Hancher Auditorium. For ticket information, call the Hancher Box Office at 335-1160.

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