The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is partnering with several local diversity-building groups and human rights organizations to host an event aimed at combating hate speech and fear mongering while building a stronger Corridor community. 

The event titled “Building and Crossing Bridges Together” will happen Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 inside Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event includes two sessions. The first will run from 2 to 5 p.m. with featured speakers including former Congressman Jim Leach and City of Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton. The second session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes a talk by Mayor Pro-Tem and Iowa City Community School Board Equity Director Kingsley Botchway along with active audience participation in break-out groups and a feedback and information discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission. Co-sponsors include the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Iowa, ACLU-IA, Johnson County Consultation of Religious Communities, United Nations Association of Iowa and Johnson County, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office, Peace Iowa and the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa.

For more information contact City of Iowa City Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 04, 2016