CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 1, 2000
Lecture Series' spring guests include Gloria Steinem,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gloria Steinem, descendants of
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and Sonia Manzano, famous for her role
as the bilingual "Maria" on public television's "Sesame Street," are scheduled
to appear this spring as University of Iowa Lecture Committee guests.
All events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the IMU Main Lounge
and are free and open to the public.
Steinem will speak Wednesday, Feb. 16 as the UI Lecture
Committee's 10th annual Distinguished Lecturer. Steinem gained national respect
in the 1970s as a champion of feminist and equal rights issues, and as a co-founder
of "Ms." Magazine. She was also an organizer of Take Our Daughters to Work
Day, a day set aside in April where working adults invite girls to their workplace.
On March 7, Julia Jefferson and Shay Banks-Young,
two descendants of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings,
will speak to an IMU audience about contemporary race relations.
And Sonia Manzano, who as "Sesame Street's" bilingual
"Maria" taught educational lessons to countless numbers of television viewing
kids, will give a talk April 24 at the IMU.
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.