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Commemoration of human rights program at UI receives $30,000 grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The United States Institute of Peace has awarded
a $30,000 grant to the University of Iowa's ongoing commemoration of the
50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to create
a lecture series on human rights issues that will continue past the current
The grant to "Global Focus: Human Rights '98" will establish
the "HR98 Lecture Series on the Future of Human Rights," which
will feature regular gatherings of diverse and distinguished human rights
scholars, practitioners, and activists from throughout the world.
The series will publish the results of its scholarship and make its
work available to human rights policy-makers and activists into the next
Burns H. Weston, professor of international law, chair of the HR98 Steering
Committee and principal investigator on the grant, says one of the goals
of the commemoration is to provide a legacy for the discussion of human
"We want to ensure that the impact of HR98 extends far beyond the
University of Iowa and far beyond the year 1998," Weston says. "No
single conference can really give voice to the numerous human rights issues
confronting the world as we approach the 21st century. We think a sustained
series will have the greatest impact in keeping human rights at the forefront
of political, social and cultural concerns."
The lecture series is one of several events and activities focusing
on human rights at the UI campus in the coming academic year as part of
Global Focus: Human Rights 98. The interdisciplinary initiative marks the
50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was
signed by representatives to the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948.
Other upcoming events sponsored by or associated with Global Focus '98
-- Noted Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng will present a lecture at 8
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 in the Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building;
-- Joan Baez, folk singer and activist, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 11 at Hancher Auditorium;
-- Jerome Shestack, president of the American Bar Association, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building;
-- Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
14 at Hancher Auditorium;
-- Dith Pran, Cambodian activist and journalist, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
27, Buchanan Auditorium, Pappajohn Business Administration Building;
-- Rigoberta Menchu Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, 8 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 12, Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall;
-- Legal scholar Ronald Dworkin, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Levitt Auditorium,
Boyd Law Building.
-- Writer Adam Hochschild, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Shambaugh Auditorium,
For more information about Global Focus '98, visit the website at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~hr98/