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Release: Nov. 1, 2001

UI conference to focus on art created in response to Sept. 11

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is seeking artistic works -- including poetry, sculpture, paintings and films -- from faculty and students created in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.

The works will be displayed and discussed during a university-wide conference Jan. 25-26, 2002, titled "Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions on the September Attacks." The conference, which is being held in conjunction with Human Rights Week, will take place in the University Theater Building and is open to the public.

"Conceived as a fusion of intellectual and artistic expressions, the Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity conference is designed to further our understanding of human rights and our own role within that tradition during these arduous times," said conference coordinator Susan Zickmund of POROI and the UI department of internal medicine. "Works submitted for the conference should reflect the feelings of pain, shock and grief we have all felt in light of the bombings and the world's subsequent response."

The artistic expressions will be presented through performance and display at the conference and around campus. The conference will also feature panel discussions, drawing upon disciplines as wide as English, economics and religion. Additionally, community members and local religious leaders from Islamic, Christian and Jewish faiths will be given the opportunity to add their voices "to the enduring legacy of American tolerance and respect," organizers said.

Several UI faculty artists and performers have already agreed to participate in the program, including James Alan McPherson of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Christopher Merrill of the International Writing Program, and documentary filmmakers Steve Thunder-McGuire and Sasha Waters.

For more information, or to submit an artistic contribution, contact the conference co-coordinator, Merrie Snell, at the POROI office at 200 Jefferson Building, by phone at (319) 335-2753 or via e-mail at POROI@uiowa.edu.