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Release: Jan. 4, 2001

Human Rights Week 2001 begins Jan. 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Human Rights Week 2001 (Jan. 15 - 21), a commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and diversity in the University of Iowa community, will begin Wednesday, Jan. 10 with the UI Staff Council's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kickoff Celebration and Reception. The reception will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room W401 of the John Pappajohn Business Building.

King's birthday, a national holiday to be observed Monday, Jan. 15, has been recognized at the UI since 1968 with a convocation. Beginning in 1993, the university expanded its observance to include a week of activities open to the public and free of charge. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate should contact the Office of Student Life in advance at 335-3059.

Deborah Turner, member, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and UI alumnus Eddie Moore, Jr., assistant dean of students and director of Intercultural Life at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, are guest speakers for the kickoff celebration, says Billie Townsend, chair, Staff Council Diversity Committee.

Human Rights Week 2001 is coordinated by the UI Office of Student Life and by numerous UI departments to promote awareness of issues ranging from diversity to social change. Human Rights Week 2001 includes a number of events that extend beyond Jan. 21 and are listed below.

Monday, Jan. 15

-- Angela Davis, famed political activist and University of California Santa Cruz professor, will deliver the Martin L. King Convocation at 7 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Tuesday, Jan 16

-- The Impact of Biases and Assumptions on Health Care, presented by Dr. Stacie Walton, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Peterson Conference Room E140 University of Iowa General Hospital; sponsored by Medical School Community C.

Wednesday, Jan 17

-- Out on a Limb: Experiences from the Rural Health Care Initiative in Lone Tree, presented by Dr. David Bedell, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. in the EMRB Atrium; sponsored by Medical School Community A.

Wednesday, Jan 17

-- CDA Annual Achievement Award Ceremony, 4 – 5 p.m., South Room in the Iowa Memorial Union; sponsored by the Council on Disability Awareness. All are welcome.

Thursday, Jan 18

-- Medical Interviewing Techniques with Interpreter Involvement Workshop, presented by Juan Ruiz, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. in the EMRB Atrium; sponsored by Medical School Community B.

Thursday, Jan 18

-- Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Making Changes, 5 – 6 p.m., in North Hall; sponsored by the School of Social Work.

Thursday, Jan. 18

-- Know Your Heritage: African American History Trivia, 7 p.m., Indiana Room, IMU; sponsored by the Black Student Union and Support Services Program

Friday, Jan. 19

-- Philadanco, 8 p.m. ballet performance by this Philadelphia-based group at Hancher Auditorium. For tickets to this and other Hancher events, call the Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER.

Friday, Jan 19

-- Journeys Through Diversity, a physicians panel, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. in the Peterson Conference Room E140 University General Hospital; sponsored by Medical School Community D.

Friday, Jan 19

-- Choice Dinner Celebration, a fund-raiser featuring Adrien Wing, 6 p.m., Iowa Memorial Union 2nd Floor Ballroom; dinner tickets $25 students, $35 non-students; sponsored by Emma Goldman Clinic contact Jodie, 337-2112 for further information.

Friday, Jan 19

-- Combating Torture Against Children featuring Timothy Rose, Director of Communication Center for Victims of Torture, 7 p.m. 40 Schaeffer Hall; sponsored by Amnesty International and University of Iowa Student Government.

Saturday, Jan. 20

-- Mingus Big Band, "Blues and Politics," 8 p.m. at Hancher. This 14-piece band plays music in tribute to the late, great composer and bassist Charles Mingus.

Sunday, Jan. 21

-- Inter-Faith Celebration, 7 p.m., Old Brick Church. Sponsored by Consultation of Religious Communities in Johnson County.

Monday, Jan 22

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, 3 – 4 p.m. in the H.T. Muhly Lounge in MacLean Hall; sponsored by the mathematics department.

Monday, Jan 22

-- "Who Cares About King," presented by Dr. Don L. Davis, 7 p.m. in 40 Schaeffer Hall; sponsored by the School of Religion.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

-- "Slavery, Human Rights and Islamic Law," 7:30 p.m., Terrace Room, IMU. Sponsored by the UI Association of Muslims.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

-- "Sounds of Freedom," movie; noon to 1:30 p.m., North Room, IMU. Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action.

Friday, Jan. 26

-- "Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq," 7 p.m., Room C107 Pappajohn Business Building. Sponsored by Iowans for Peace with Iraq.

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 Office of Student Life in advance at 335-3059. The lecture will be signed by an ASL interpreter.