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Release: Feb. 1, 2000

Lecture Series' spring guests include Gloria Steinem, Jefferson's progeny

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.