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UI's Weston is commencement speaker at Marycrest International May
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Burns H. Weston, associate dean for International
and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Iowa, will deliver the
spring 1998 commencement address at Marycrest International University
in Davenport Saturday, May 9.
Weston, the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law, also
will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the institution.
His address is entitled "Taking Human Suffering Seriously."
The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in the Activities Center on the Davenport
campus. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony for
about 150 students who will receive degrees.
Also on hand will be Larry Conner, president of Marycrest International
University, and members of the university's Board of Trustees.
Weston is an internationally regarded expert on the role of the United
Nations in world affairs and on human rights and international law. He
is currently directing a year-long UI initiative, known as "Global
Focus: Human Rights '98," to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The author of several textbooks, Weston has published widely in both
legal journals and popular media. He is the author of the entry on "Human
Rights" in the 1998 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
"Weston was chosen because his expertise fits perfectly with our
mission to develop citizens for the world," said Suzanne Hartung,
director of University Relations for Marycrest.
Weston began teaching at the UI College of Law in 1966 and was named
full professor in 1969. He received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin
College and holds law degrees from Yale University.
His awards and affiliations include selection to the national council
of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), as a fellow in the World
Academy of Art and Science, a Scroll of Honor Award for outstanding service
to the goals of the United Nations and the promotion of the United Nations
Association/USA; and selection as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.
As an international law and human rights consultant, Weston has worked
with groups including the Naval War College, the Transnational Foundation
for Peace and Futures Research and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
He is also affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations, the International
Peace Research Association, and the Iowa Division of the United Nations
Association/USA as a member of the Board of Directors since 1985.