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UI's Weston is commencement speaker at Marycrest International May 9

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.