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CONTACT: LINDA KROON
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail: linda-kroon@uiowa.edu

Release: Feb. 18, 2002

Women's Center celebrates 30th anniversary March 4-9

The Women's Resource and Action Center at The University of Iowa will present "Global Feminisms: Activism, Art and Alternatives," a week-long conference on world feminism, March 4-9. The event is part of the Center's 30th anniversary celebration.

Dolores Huerta, noted activist, educator and co-founder of the United Farm Workers labor union, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium. Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers in the 1960s with Cesar Chavez and has remained an activist for labor and human rights issues, receiving several honorary doctorates and honors for her efforts on behalf of workers, women, and people of color. In 1998, she was named one of Ms. Magazine's three "Women of the Year" in recognition of her efforts in organizing farm workers, migrants, and grassroots political campaigns.

The week will end with the 4th Annual Sister Connection conference designed especially for female students of color. Sister Connection 2002 will be held on Saturday, March 9, in the Becker Communication Studies Building. Features will include a keynote address by Jean Y. Jew, UI professor of anatomy, as well as workshops and networking opportunities.

All Global Feminisms events are free and open to the public. Detailed information can be found by clicking on the conference link on the Center website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

Conference sponsors include Opportunity at Iowa, Support Services Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education Diversity Committee, Department of English, Council on the Status of Latinos, Women in Science & Engineering Program, International Writing Program, Global Studies Program, Department of Sociology, Department of French and Italian, Theatre Arts Department, Department of Anthropology, African Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Campus Activities Board, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, History Department, School of Religion, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, Iowa Division United Nations Association-USA, School of Social Work, AFSCME Local 12, Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, COGS-UE Local 1111, UE District 11, SEIU, Iowa City Federation of Labor, Iowa State Federation of Labor, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 234.

For more information about the Global Feminisms conference, or to request an accommodation to participate in any of the week's events, call (319) 335-1486.