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Release: April 20, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY: BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE SYMPOSIUM

A select panel of University of Iowa faculty versed in information technology, cultural studies, and engineering will lead an hour-long discussion on bridging the digital divide. The free and public discussion was to be led by keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, DePaul University professor and cultural critic, who is not able to visit the UI as planned. The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John Pappajohn Buchanan Auditorium (Room W10) of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

The panel makes up the evening program of "Bridging the Digital Divide: Access or Race, One of the Most Pressing Problems Facing Our Nation," the spring symposium of the Society of Black Professional and Graduate Students. Part one of the symposium takes place today (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in North Lindquist Center, Room 105 at the College of Education.

The all-day event concludes this evening with award presentations to the various speakers attending the conference from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and UI faculty members who have contributed to the society's yearlong successes.