The University of Iowa

Zimbabwean Opposition Figure to Speak at Two UI Events Oct. 3 and 4

September 27th, 2011

Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bennett is treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Zimbabwe’s opposition political party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. He has been imprisoned repeatedly by President Robert Mugabe’s government, faced intimidation and physical attacks on himself and his family, and lived for several years in exile in South Africa.

Conversation guests who will join Bennett and WorldCanvass Studio host Joan Kjaer are Lyombe Eko, UI professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-director of the African Studies Program; and Farai Marazi, a UI doctoral candidate in anthropology from Zimbabwe.

These events are sponsored by International Programs, UITV, Information Technology Services, UI Pentacrest Museums, KRUI, the UI Center for Human Rights and the African Studies Program.

For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.