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Release: Oct. 14, 1999

Spitfire brings national college tour to UI Oct. 17

IOWA CITY–Spitfire, 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 responsibility.

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.