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Release: Feb. 14, 2000

Events planned for Gloria Steinem's Feb. 16 talk

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gloria Steinem, who became well-known in the early 1970s for her role in advancing women's issues, will speak to a University of Iowa campus and community audience at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 as the University of Iowa Lecture Committee's 10th annual Distinguished Lecturer. Steinem's talk, free and open to the public, will be at the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge.

The Lecture Committee has arranged three events focusing on feminism and activism, centered around Steinem's visit.

-- "My Feminism" and "The Righteous Babes", two documentaries showcasing feminism and artists such as Ani Difranco and Madonna will be shown back-to-back beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Terrace Room Lobby in the IMU. Sponsored by the BIJOU and the Lecture Committee.

-- Brown Bag Luncheon, "Activism in Action: How to Become an Activist," noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, Ohio State Room, IMU. Sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center, the Rape Victims Advocacy Program and the Women's Campus Coalition.

-- Jennifer Danielson Band plays for a public audience prior to Gloria Steinem's talk at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, Main Lounge, IMU. Sponsored by the UI Student Government.

Steinem is one of the country's most widely read and critically acclaimed writers and editors. She is an editorial consultant for Ms. Magazine, a publication she co-founded in 1972. Her most recent book, "Moving Beyond Words," published in 1994 follows her 1992 bestseller, "Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem." Other of Steinem's writings have appeared in New York magazine, a weekly she helped to found in 1968.

Steinem helped to found the Ms. Foundation for women, the National Women's Political Caucus, a non-partisan group devoted to advancing pro-equality of women of all races in elected and appointed office and several other women's groups, including the Coalition of Labor Women.

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.

For additional information about this UI Lecture Committee event, contact the student group at 319-335-3255.