CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 14, 1999
Spitfire brings national college tour to UI Oct. 17
IOWA CITYSpitfire, a free speech forum that
features prominent musicians, actors and activists who have taken to the road
nationally to speak on global affairs, will host an open forum at the University
of Iowa Sunday, Oct. 17. The free and public event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Art Alexakis, of the band Everclear, is one of five
artists on the 20-college tour. At the UI, Alexakis will speak on various
topics. Kennedy, an MTV personality who describes herself as a product of
the post-feminist, information, and self-empowered age, will speak on personal
Others appearing are Exene Cervenka of the band called
X, who will talk about society's toll on mental health; Jello Biafra of the
music group, Dead Kennedy's, talks on politics; and Michael Franti of the
band, Spearhead, takes on racism.
Spitfire members say the organization represents a
variety of topics and "aims to educate, enlighten and entertain, while instigating
action." The organizers also say Spitfire has proven to be a successful idea
that combines an "innovative mix of education, activism & entertainment."
The Spitfire tour appeared at Woodstock last July.
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 this program, please
contact the UI Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.