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quick takes 4-7-05

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James A. Morone

HELLFIRE AT UIS

James A. Morone, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and political-science professor at Brown University, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Morone will his most recent book, Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, which traces the impact of religious movements on domestic and foreign policy throughout United States history.

The event will be held in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the UIS Public Affairs Center. For more information, call 217-206-6576.

FOCUS ON AIDS

AIDS activists from across the state will arrive in Springfield next week for a two-day advocacy-training and lobbying session.

Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, strategies for promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and policies will be taught at the Renaissance Springfield Hotel. Later that day, 6:30-9 p.m., the Phoenix Center will host a reception at which advocates may mingle with elected officials. And 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, advocates will lobby lawmakers and political leaders about HIV/AIDS issues.

For more information, call Amy LaMantia of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago at 312-922-2322.

ART AND POETRY CONTEST

Organizers of an annual rally to promote racial understanding are sponsoring an art and poetry contest for central-Illinois students (third grade through high school).

Any drawing or painting (no larger than two feet by three feet) or poem (no longer than 40 lines) highlighting the theme of racial unity and understanding may be submitted. Eighteen winners, eligible for prizes of $20-$50, will be named, and winning entries will be published in Illinois Times. The deadline is Friday, May 27. Send entries to “Vision of Race Unity Contest,” P.O. Box 1841, Springfield, IL 62705.

A unity rally will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information call 217-544-9595.

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