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Oct. 10, 2007

UI Black Student Union presents Revival Conference Oct. 11-12

The University of Iowa Black Student Union will present its inaugural Revival Conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12, in the second-floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The organization hopes to make the conference an annual event.

The theme of the conference is "Empowerment through African-American Literature." The conference will feature opportunities for students around the Midwest to engage and communicate with one another and discuss common problems they face, said Harrison Wheeler of the Black Student Union. The conference will include four possible discussion tracks: leadership, literature, education and engaging new allies. Each track will feature a 45-minute presentation by UI faculty and staff members and other African-American leaders from around Iowa.

Terrie Williams, bestselling author and marketing and public relations expert, is the keynote speaker. Williams is president of one of the most powerful black marketing and public relations agencies in the country and in 2005 was featured in Essence magazine, where she discussed her battle with depression. The article received the largest reader response in Essence history. In her upcoming book, Williams explores depression among African-Americans, including stories from celebrities, ordinary people and psychologists who want to help break the taboo of depression. Williams has a master's degree in social work and is a licensed social worker.

The conference will also feature an "oratory raffle." Participants are invited to write a 500-word essay to bring to the conference. Submissions will be entered for a chance to win a prize and an opportunity for the winning essayists to read their work at the conference closing. The subject of the essay should be "What 'empowerment' means to me." Essays will be selected by drawing and will not be judged.

The conference will also include a networking reception with the presenters and other people of note, a pre-conference social, an art exhibit and a post-conference social.

Registration begins at 7 p.m. Thursday for people who want to take part in pre-conference events, and at 8 a.m. Friday for the full day of activities. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. For more information, see the Revival Conference Web site at http://www.generalsourcemedia.com/revival.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Harrison Wheeler, Black Student Union, 414-324-2768, harrison-wheeler@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu

OTHER INFORMATION: UI Black Student Union: http://www.uiowa.edu/~bsu