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Release: Nov. 9, 2000

UI senior to discuss Afro-Brazilian martial art in Nov. 13 lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The International Mondays lecture series will present University of Iowa Senior Anne Haggerson speaking on "Capoeira: an Afro-Brazilian martial art used to educate, empower and inspire youth in an impoverished Afro-Brazilian neighborhood" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Room 230 of the International Center on the UI campus. The series is free and open to the public and includes a free lunch.

Haggerson is an anthropology major with a Spanish and Portuguese minor. She will talk about the effects of the African Diaspora in Brazil and the present day realities of Afro-Brazilian youth living in a poor favela (shantytown) in Salvador, Bahia. The discussion will focus on Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, dance, philosophy and musical form, and the ways in which it gives hope to disadvantaged Afro-Brazilian youth.

The International Mondays seminar series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. For more information, call Akua Akyea, at (319) 335-0345 or Fairouz Abu-Ghazaleh at (319) 335-1442.