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Oct. 18, 2006

Anti-war Activist Cindy Sheehan To Speak Oct. 24 At UI

The Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC) will sponsor a lecture by noted anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in Macbride Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

There is no admission charge for the lecture; however, tickets are required. Tickets for the general public, as well as UI students, staff and faculty, are available at the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sheehan's lecture, "One Person Can Make a Difference," is sponsored by WRAC as part of its 35th anniversary celebration this year.

Sheehan's lecture will focus on her story of being called to work for change. Her son, Casey Sheehan, was serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army when he was killed in 2004. He posthumously received a Bronze Star Medal with a V for Valor and a Purple Heart.

In the years since her son's death, Sheehan has been a prominent and sometimes controversial figure, engaged in U.S. and in international protests against the United States' role in Iraq. Along with a group of military families, she founded the Gold Star Families for Peace in January 2005. In August 2005, she set up camp near President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, drawing hundreds of supporters who joined her resistance to the war in Iraq. She has met with military parents and world leaders, with local activist groups, and with President Bush.

Founded in 1971, the Women's Resource and Action Center is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services - which are available both to UI students, faculty and staff, and to the general public - are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling, and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

More information about the Center, its services, and its upcoming activities is available on the web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~wrac.

For more information, or to request a needed accommodation to participate, please call 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486, mailto:wrac@uiowa.edu. Writer: Linda Kroon