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Geographer's public lectures concentrate on social injustices during Nov. 9-13 visit

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Smith, a pre-eminent scholar of social justice at the University of London, will visit the University of Iowa where he will give two public lectures on the human rights topic during his visit to the UI Nov. 9-13.

The first lecture, "South Africa After Apartheid," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at Tippie Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Smith will present his findings on South Africa in its post-apartheid era. Smith, who has taught in South Africa, spent last summer there chronicling the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal and interviewing its peoples.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Tippie Auditorium, also in the business building, Smith will present "Geography and Social Justice."

Smith, a professor of geography at Queen Mary and Wakefield College at the University of London, has worked for four decades researching and teaching about human rights issues.

Smith will present other lectures to UI geography department faculty throughout the week. His visit as a lecturer during the UI's year-long Global Focus: HR '98 events commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is sponsored by the department of geography, the College of Law and the HR '98 committee.