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Release: Jan. 17, 2003

UI sets events for Human Rights Week, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The UI Office of Student Life is coordinating a series of events to commemorate Human Rights Week and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday from Jan. 19-28. All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Jan. 19.

Worship and celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work. 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St., Iowa City. An interfaith service featuring a keynote address from Charlotte Westerhaus, director of the UI Office of Affirmative Action.

Monday, Jan. 20

Community Convocation. 7 p.m., 2nd Floor Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Educate Yourself About Diabetes. 6:30 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center, 303 Melrose Ave.

NCCJ (what does this mean?) 18th Annual MLK Holiday Forums: From Dreams to Action: What Would Dr. King Do? 7 p.m., Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Building.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Celebrating Our Diversity—A Cultural Awareness Event. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Room Roy J. Carver Pavilion #8008, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Choice Dinner and 30th Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade. 6 p.m., second floor ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union. The event’s guest speaker is Judy Norsigian, executive director of the Boston’s Women’s Health Book Collective and one of the co-editors of the original “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”Graffiti Theatre will also perform.

Centers of Activism: The Cultural Center Movement on the UI Campus, 1971-Present. 7 p.m., Indiana Room, Iowa Memorial Room. An examination of the three-decade history of Women’s Resource Action Center and the Cultural Centers at UI.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Baby shower for the Stork’s Nest. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ground floor, Iowa Memorial Union. Please donate diapers, formula and money.

Resource Fair: Greater Awareness of Current Health Disparities and Human Rights Issues. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Rm. 226, College of Pharmacy.

Blacks and Jews in Conversation, 7 p.m., Dodge Room, Iowa Memorial Union. A pair of black and Jewish senior judges of the New York State Supreme and appellate courts will engage students in an honest and far-reaching discussion of prejudice.

“Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.” 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union. Author and Harvard law professor Randall Kelly discuss the history and cultural impact of the most offensive racial epithet.

Friday, Jan. 24

Reducing Language Barriers for the Dental Patient. Noon, N212 (Oral B Seminar Room), Dental Science Building.

The Third Annual Dept. of Mathematics-Iowa AGEP Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. 3:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Iowa Memorial Union.

The Fighting Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Malcolm X, a lecture and discussion. 6:30 p.m., Indiana Room, Iowa Memorial Union.

Uncolor, Performed by the local artists of Graffiti Theatre. 7:30 p.m., Wheelroom, Iowa Memorial Union. An original performance that explores issues of racism and immigration where audience members translate images and stories from real life experiences.

Urban Bush Women, “Shadow’s Child.” 8 p.m., Hancher Auditorium.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Embargoed Lives: The Iraq I Know. 7:30 p.m., Terrace Room, Iowa Memorial Union. A lecture by Barbara Nimri Aziz, Ph. D, an anthropologist, writer, and broadcaster. A discussion will follow.