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March 8, 2000

LEADING TECHNOLOGY ACCESS ADVOCATE TO DISCUSS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Baltimore, MD -- Leading technology access advocate, Ana Sisnett, will visit UMBC to deliver a lecture entitled "Who're You Callin' a 'Have-Not'?: Technology, Access, And Training For Women" on Thursday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. Ms. Sisnett will also give a poetry reading on campus in the Women's Center, RAC 226, on Friday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ana Sisnett is the Executive Director of the Austin Free-Net, a non-profit federally funded organization that offers free Internet access and classes in over forty sites in Austin, Texas, many in neighborhoods with large African American and Latino populations. She is also the co-founder of the TechnoMama Project, an organization dedicated to training women, especially women of color, in information technology skills.

Ana Sisnett has been active in online communities since the early 1990s. Born in Panama she is bilingual, a performing poet, and the author of the children's book Grannie Jus' Come! and other works. She shares the cover of the March 2000 issue of Texas Monthly as one of the technological avant-garde.

The Center for Women & Information Technology hosts an annual Speakers Series that addresses issues concerned with women and IT. For more information about this and other CWIT initiatives, please contact the Center at (410) 455-2822.

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Posted by dwinds1 at March 8, 2000 12:00 AM