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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: laurie-haag@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 30, 1999

Women's center offers workshop on public speaking for activists

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A workshop titled "Speak Up! Speak Out!," designed to help people become comfortable and effective public speakers, is being offered through the University of Iowa Women's Resource and Action Center. "Speak Up! Speak Out!" will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 in the Iowa Memorial Union Lucas-Dodge Room.

The workshop, part of the Women's Center's Social Change Training Series, will cover techniques and strategies for organizing ideas, analysis of public communication contexts and basic public speaking techniques.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice public speaking skills and therefore are urged to come to the workshop with a topic in mind.

"Public communication skills are important for anyone who needs to share information with others, or who hopes to persuade others about an issue," says Women's Center Director Monique DiCarlo. "Many times activists have paid little attention to the formal consideration of our communication skills, especially public speaking skills, but in this increasingly information-oriented age, these skills are becoming more and more critical."

The workshop is co-sponsored by Iowa Book and Supply and Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.

There is a $10 fee for the workshop; some scholarships are available. To register for the workshop, request child care or an accommodation to attend, or for more information, please call the Women's Resource and Action Center at (319) 335-1486.

Trainers for the seminar are Laurie Haag and Joan Faber McAlister, graduate students in the UI Department of Communication Studies. Both have taught numerous communication courses at theUI and other institutions.