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Release: June 3, 1999

Scholar to speak about U.S. human rights policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Christopher R. Rossi, executive director of Humanities Iowa, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Friday, June 4. His presentation, "Fundamental Failures of U.S. Policy Regarding Human Rights: Reflections in the Mirror," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Rossi, a long-time resident of Iowa City, has returned as the new executive director of Humanities Iowa. He is a graduate of the UI College of Law and also holds an LL.M. in public international law from the University of London and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Rossi served in the White House as director of the Office of Democracy, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council in 1997-98 while on leave from American University where he was assistant professor of international politics and foreign policy.

From 1989-92, Rossi was associate director, World Jurist Association and served a year with the Arms Control Association, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. Rossi is the author of Broken Chain of Being: James Brown Scott and the Origins of Modern International Law (The Hague, London, Boston: Kluwer Law International, 1998) and Equity and International Law: A Legal Realist Approach to the Process of International Decisionmaking (Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, 1993) He has also written articles about arms control and international law and has another in progress, which deals with human rights in the post cold-war world.

Taste of China will cater the lunch. The cost is $6.50 for members and $8 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday, June 7, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.